World Atlas Book and App
The new Barefoot World Atlas app for iPad looks great! I am excited to get my kids to use it because they have a shaky knowledge of world geography. $7.99.
The app is based on the great book!
The world keeps getting smaller, and despite units in geography in third grade, my fourth grader still can’t conceptualize that Turks and Caicos is an ISLAND and not attached to England. At a school mystery dinner event, our host family had lived in Israel for a few years and had their second (out of four) boys in Jerusalem. This somehow convinced their fourth grader that his brother was an immigrant — they are studying immigration right now — and he is Asian American because Israel is Asia.
When I visited sixth grade for parents’ visiting day, my daughter’s class was answering, in small groups, questions about political versus geographic boundaries which reminded me of my dentist Dad friend dentist who is Italian by way of Canada. His family is from the part of Italy that is now Croatia by way of Yugoslavia and the Austria-Hungarian empire. At least, I think that is the history. It’s so confusing, I can’t keep up.
And so geography, which seems so neat, tidy, and rather dry, is actually a melodrama of cloak and dagger wars, dictators and underground rebellions, and constantly shifting borders. The place to start to make this subject engaging and bite-sized, is a book like World Atlas by Barefoot Books. It gives the big picture starting with oceans and continents, and then breaks out with factoid paragraphs on physical features, brief history, climate & weather, and the physical environment but it’s the gorgeous color illustrations and Lift-the-Flaps that will draw young readers in.
It’s good for me too. After not paying attention to politics for the past two decades, I have a lot of catching up to do!
To view the book more closely at Amazon, please click on image.