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Audio Details
  • 07/2020
  • 9781662235610 1662235610
  • 44 pages
  • $0.00
Hardcover Details
  • 10/2020
  • 9781662902819 1662902816
  • 44 pages
  • $22.99
Paperback Details
  • 10/2020
  • 9798561897443 B08NF2QNW9
  • 44 pages
  • $9.99
Ebook Details
  • 11/2020
  • 9781662902826 B08N2T9LTQ
  • 44 pages
  • $0.99
Igor Okunev
Author
My First Geography Book
Igor Okunev, author

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

A boy and his stuffed animals start a journey around their apartment. They find out that the apartment is a kingdom that has mountains, rivers, and cities, that everything in it has its purpose, and that the most important place in it is near the parent bedroom. They will also learn what a real geographer needs to leave the house, and finally, after looking into the laws of geography, our characters will venture to explore the world around them. Do you have any maps, atlases, or geography books? Have you already travelled, and how did you prepare for those trips? Did you take your stuffed friends with you? Let's study geography together!
Reviews
Okunev's vibrant chapter book encourages young readers to embrace the study of geography by introducing the science through the observant eyes of a youngster and his talkative stuffed toys. A commotion breaks loose as eager toys discuss the young narrator's favorite book, a world atlas. The menagerie is uninformed but curious: The rhino announces it would like to visit Africa, the penguin feels he would be comfortable in Antarctica, and the kangaroo insists they all make a trip to Australia, as it's less cold and less hot than the other choices. Having read more books than others, the owl announces that everybody should take care to learn geography, the science that, as he puts it, "studies our planet and everything on it." The toys study their “big home” (the Earth) and their “little home,” right down to their immediate surroundings -- the rules of geography can even help explain the organization of their apartment.

Katya Kolmakov and Olga Baron's evocative and charming illustrations suffuse Okunev's tale with splendor and warmth, and their vivid brushstrokes adeptly support the focus and intention of the story. Brimming with facts, information, and profound perspectives, Okunev's tale juggles several goals for his readers. At once, the book is an adequate introduction to geography and also a condensed ode to environmentalism, cartography, and imagination.

The unidentified narrator’s age remains ambiguous, but his tone and the maturity is inconsistent. Often, he is decidedly incisive and perceptive, but at other occasions, naïve and artless. The pacing suffers hiccups when the tale's premise is set twice within ten pages of each other, while sometimes laborious detailing of the characters and settings diminish the story's focus. Thought-provoking calls-to-actions at the end of all four chapters will engage readers and invite questions. Ultimately, this chapter book unfolds as an engrossing and informative read that mostly achieves its bold ambitions -- and in retaining the readers' attention.

Takeaway: Illuminating and often delightful, this picture book invites young readers to appreciate the world through the lens of Geography.

Great for fans of: Salvatore Rubbino’s A Walk in London, Kate Siber’s National Parks of the USA, Katie Wilson’s Landmarks.

Production grades
Cover: B+
Design and typography: B+
Illustrations: B+
Editing: B-
Marketing copy: B+

Formats
Audio Details
  • 07/2020
  • 9781662235610 1662235610
  • 44 pages
  • $0.00
Hardcover Details
  • 10/2020
  • 9781662902819 1662902816
  • 44 pages
  • $22.99
Paperback Details
  • 10/2020
  • 9798561897443 B08NF2QNW9
  • 44 pages
  • $9.99
Ebook Details
  • 11/2020
  • 9781662902826 B08N2T9LTQ
  • 44 pages
  • $0.99

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