Another Review at MyShelf.Com

National Geographic United States Atlas for Young Explorers
Third Edition

by National Geographic

      If I were an older elementary or middle school student and my grandmother bought this book for me, I'd gladly mow her lawn every week to thank her! The National Geographic United States Atlas for Young Explorers, Third Edition, is more than a hardcover atlas. Yes, it does have detailed maps of the country, region, and each state and territory. Yes, it does have special graphs and short articles about special topics. Yes, it does have the remarkable photography that National Geographic is known for. Yes, there are basic facts about each state and Geo Whiz information (little bits of information specific to each state - for example, under Texas, it says six different national flags flew over that state in its history). But the thing that makes this atlas like none I've ever seen before is its interactive elements.

By going to a special website, I can access detailed information and more photos about each state. For example, I went to the page number for the entry in the atlas on Louisiana. There I found a detailed article about the levee system under Can Disaster Strike Again? There were additional photos and links to videos. And, it was all up to date. Also, from the website, I could play games (everything from jigsaws and quizzes to action games and problem solving mysteries). I could find recipes, science projects, crafts, and coloring pages. There was even a special section on animals. Plus, there were links to national anthems, volcanoes, earthquakes, biomes, extreme facts, flags, and on and on it goes.

This is by far the best atlas I have ever seen - even for us adults. It's easy to access (both in book form and on the Internet). The articles are short, in bite-sized bits, and written clearly so that kids can understand. And, of course, the photographs and maps are exceptional. Tools like this can make learning about your state or your country so much more interesting.

You can be sure I'm going to be exploring all of this atlas's bells and whistles. I'm planning a trip to the Gulf Coast. This will help me get a more complete feel for my destination than what I've been reading in travel brochures. Thank you, National Geographic!

The Book

National Geographic Children's Books
June 10, 2008
Hardcover (oversized)
142630255X / 978-1426302558
Childrenís Non-fiction / Ages 9-12
More at

The Reviewer

Janie Franz
Reviewed 2008
NOTE: Reviewer Janie Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!and co-author of The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book. Coming Soon: The Ultimate Wedding Workbook.
© 2008