All of my children really love pouring over atlases and a couple of them are absolutely enthralled by anything called an Atlas. We always have an Atlas lying on our lounge table so that the resident dreamers and pirates have a map close at hand. They tend to dip into it, glean some facts and then leave it, until they are passing by again and repeat the whole process. You can meet the author, Sean Fraser who also wrote The Children’s Madiba, in our interview here.
We were sent this atlas, My First South African Atlas to review and GiveAway by Mapstudio. First thing, do not be misled by “my first” there is nothing “beginner book” about this… this is a book absolutely packed with fascinating facts for every age and stage. It is very visual, so even non-readers will get a lot from it and it has circles filled with amazing “Did you know?” facts scattered on every page for early readers and then boxes of facts about the area and special features and landmarks for older readers to enjoy. Each spread has a detailed map on it, each page has blocks of information and each page had plenty of photographs to illustrate the points of interest.
The book begins with an overview of South Africa and her national symbols, followed by a look at the whole of Africa. And then there each province gets a handful of double page spreads packed with information on: significant buildings, places of interest, natural landmarks, parks and wildlife, geological features, science and technology, arts, culture and leisure and vegetation. Each spread also has interesting lists answering questions about longest rivers, highest mountains and such like. And along the bottom of each page is a relevant timeline. Important dates and snippets of historical interest for that region too. There is also a section on National Parks and Heritage sites.
This book is a fantastic resource, packed with South African facts and would be a great for folk that need to find facts fast. It would especially be useful for school kids to dip into and have at hand for projects… I intend to read our way through it for school next year. It is a great way to traverse all the provinces of South Africa without having to leave home and without having the feeling that you are even remotely reading a text book. It is fun, your children will want to dip into and many adult visitors have said in our lounge, happily saying, “Gosh, did you know?”…
If my kids were in school I would enter this GiveAway, they need this book. And I know my homeschool kids need this book it will be a great way to give them an overview of all that is south African. If I lived on the far side of the world and wanted to do a country study on South Africa or I wanted to reminisce about home… then this would be the book of choice… easy reading, very visual and packed with amazing facts. All you have to do is leave a comment telling us where in South Africa you would like to visit.
This GiveAway works in the usual way, leave a comment before the end of play on the 30 November 2016. We will draw and publish the winners on the 1st of December. I won’t respond to your comments as we do on our other posts because we don’t want to be included in our own giveaway. Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have already won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away.
We would like to thank MapStudio who supplied us with “My First South Africa Atlas”, one to review and one to GiveAway. We were not paid for the review and the opinions expressed in it are as usual, entirely our own.