THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S ATLAS OF THE WORLD

This atlas is but a small step forward from the principal-ports geography of earlier efforts, yet still supplies nuts-and-bolts coverage. Richards sets the stage with a cosmological/geological backdrop—his attempt at explaining the origin of the solar system is ludicrously brisk, although the foray into plate tectonics is more gratifying—then proceeds to the distribution of great waterways, mountain ranges, forest systems, grasslands, and deserts. Next are maps of political and physiographic boundaries, sadly lacking in color and verve, but conveying a sense of place through the iconographic artwork, national flags, and textual highlights. Richards wraps up the book with an abbreviated gazetteer—population, acreage, principal exports—that has little impact. The bare-bones approach won't inspire researchers; there is plenty of information in these pages, but it has not been knit into an effective whole. (maps, diagrams, charts, index) (Nonfiction. 8- 10)

Pub Date: July 1, 1997

ISBN: 0-7613-0588-2

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Copper Beech/Millbrook

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1997

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JUDY MOODY SAVES THE WORLD!

McDonald’s irrepressible third-grader (Judy Moody Gets Famous, 2001, etc.) takes a few false steps before hitting full stride. This time, not only has her genius little brother Stink submitted a competing entry in the Crazy Strips Band-Aid design contest, but in the wake of her science teacher’s heads-up about rainforest destruction and endangered animals, she sees every member of her family using rainforest products. It’s all more than enough to put her in a Mood, which gets her in trouble at home for letting Stink’s pet toad, Toady, go free, and at school for surreptitiously collecting all the pencils (made from rainforest cedar) in class. And to top it off, Stink’s Crazy Strips entry wins a prize, while she gets . . . a certificate. Chronicled amusingly in Reynolds’s frequent ink-and-tea drawings, Judy goes from pillar to post—but she justifies the pencil caper convincingly enough to spark a bottle drive that nets her and her classmates not only a hundred seedling trees for Costa Rica, but the coveted school Giraffe Award (given to those who stick their necks out), along with T-shirts and ice cream coupons. Judy’s growing corps of fans will crow “Rare!” right along with her. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2002

ISBN: 0-7636-1446-7

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Candlewick

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2002

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WATCH OUT FOR SHARKS!

For shark fanciers, a look at a Los Angeles Natural History Museum exhibit, Sharks: Fact and Fantasy. Now touring the country, it includes models of large and small sharks, many of them swimming in simulated undersea settings. The text follows a group of young museum-goers as they examine shark teeth, fossil sharks, sharks in art, and a living shark embryo; shark anatomy, special adaptations, types of sharks, and some shark facts are also included. Photos are clear, colorful and engaging. Not comprehensive, but an attractive added purchase. Pronunciation guide; additional reading; index. (Nonfiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 23, 1991

ISBN: 0-395-57560-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Clarion

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1991

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