________________ CM . . . . Volume IV Number 1 . . . . September 5, 1997

cover Everything You Need to Know About Geography Homework.

Anne Zeman and Kate Kelly.
New York, NY: Scholastic, 1997.
133pp., cloth $25.99.
ISBN 0-590-53851-9.

Subject Heading:
Geography-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4 - 6 / Ages 9 - 11.
Review by Alison Mews.

*** /4

Part of the Scholastic Homework Reference Series, this book is aimed at fourth to sixth graders trying to complete geography homework assignments. It was compiled from current elementary textbooks, from the American national curricula and from questions commonly asked of the Dial-a-Teacher homework service in New York City. Similar to an almanac, this resource book contains a comprehensive reference to geography, from a basic definition of geography to clearly illustrated explanations of landforms, maps, climatology, etc. It also gives overviews to the human aspects of geography such as population, migration and culture.

      The introduction identifies the 10 most commonly asked geography homework questions and gives the pages on which these are answered. Questions include: Why do we have seasons? What are the longest rivers in the world? What are continents, how many are there, and what are they called? The answers to these questions are extremely brief, with simplicity and clarity, rather than in-depth explanations, being the rule. The design is eye-pleasing, with colour and fonts varied and bright, and page layout attractive. Along the margin of the right-hand pages is a colour bar and running chapter title which makes it easy to locate the index, introduction and chapters. Extensive use is made of charts, maps and illustrations which are large, multicolored and clearly labelled. The appendix contains a geographical glossary, an atlas, and a statistical chart of the world's countries which gives population, capitals, heads of state, etc. and which was accurate as of September 1996. Although the resource book has an American bias and includes additional information about US states, overall the focus is global and is, therefore, entirely appropriate for Canadian students.

Recommended for both home and school use.

Alison Mews is Coordinator of the Centre for Instructional Services, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John's, Nfld.

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