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Rob Bowden is a development geographer who has taught international Environment and Development causes at the universities of Sussex and Brighton. He specialises in African issues and has written several children's books about the region. As well as writing, he runs an educational resourcing and consultancy company. He is a keen photographer and some of his images are used in his books. In 1999 his book 'Journey Through Africa' was highly commended by the Geographical Association and he has also been commended for his great contribution to education.


Gr 5-8-These titles cover the history, environment, people, culture and religions, natural resources, economy, world politics, wildlife, and future of each continent. The format is quite attractive, with the text nicely arranged and a color photo, map, and/or graph on every page. "Fact File" boxes are prevalent, as are extensive captions. Special "In Focus" articles hone in on important topics in each chapter. The texts are well written, most of them containing a surprising amount of information, given the brevity of the books. Each title concludes with a statistical compendium for the continent. Europe is the only title with discernible errors. The communist regime of the Soviet Union was not overthrown-it collapsed. The text refers to Moldova, Romania, and Belarus as part of "former Eastern Europe." It also uses the term GDP, but does not define or list it in the glossary. Overall, though, these are good choices for collections in which current information is needed without a great amount of detail.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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