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Saturday, February 4, 2012
Lonely Planet Not For Parents: The Travel Book by Michael DuBois, Katri Hilden and Jane Price
Have a little fun, learn a little something
Published by Lonely Planet in 2011.
The cover of this book perfectly describes it: "Cool stuff to know about every country in the world." Inside, every country, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe has one page in this book. Every page includes some basic facts, including the flag, the population, the language spoken, the currency and its area in square miles and kilometers. But, that is not the strength of this book.
The best feature of this book is the rest of each page - the random facts that make each country unique. For example, on the United Arab Emirates page we learn that they have the world's tallest building (about twice as tall as the Empire State Building), see a design created out of man-made islands and learn that they make snow on an indoor ski slope in a shopping mall there.
Everything is laid out with beautiful color pictures, always has information about people and animals in the country and is very easy book to flip through and lose yourself in for a while. I recommend this for kids (and adults) 4th grade and higher.
I rate this book 5 stars out of 5.
Reviewed on February 4, 2012.