Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski

When my 4.5-year-old started asking me questions about what animals were found in various countries, I knew it was time to finally put the order through for Maps. And, true enough, he has been hooked on it ever since we received it about a week back.

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Every double-page spread of this staggeringly ambitious book is devoted to a drop-dead-gorgeous illustrated map of either a country or a region, with the former detailing such facts as the country’s geographical features, places of interest, iconic personalities, native plants and animals, and even the local cuisine.

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While it’s priced higher than the average picture book, the cost is justified since it’s not so much a picture book but a veritable illustrated encyclopedia of (most of) the world that will serve as a useful reference for years to come, especially since there is so much to see and discover.

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The proof is in the pudding, and my son has been voluntarily devouring two to three maps every night. As for me, I’m just glad that he has a more accurate resource to turn to for answers to satisfy his boundless curiosity.

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3 thoughts on “Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski

  1. The idea of “Maps” is great, the result not so good! It will be nice if the authors were more correct with the information, that shows the research was not well done! The Iberian Peninsula has two countries, Portugal (with out flag) and Spain. In Portugal we don´t eat “tortilla” or “paella”, D.Quixote never lived there, Velasquez either, and in the portuguese folklore we don´t have “flamenco”! Not a serious work!

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  2. Agree with António Gomes, such authors should republish their work, and correct these enormous imprecisions. Its easy to google about Portugal or Spain….. :P

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  3. @António Gomes.
    I agree that it is a bit confusing but the I guess that all the information on the page is about the highlighted (in white) country. The other example about Sweden confused me. All the stuff drawn inside Norway (gravlax, fika, alfred nobel) is actually typically about Sweden and not about Norway. So I think that the same counts for Spain.

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