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Atlas of World History

atlas coverThe Times Concise Atlas of World History
Barraclough (Ed.)
4th Ed
1992

Submitter: At last!  I can finally weed this atlas because the teacher retired.  So many students needed to access print historical atlases, that I had to keep it around.  I am really mystified as to why a 1992 edition of an atlas would feature Stalin against the USSR flag.  Reminds me of when Americans complained about Sherwin-Williams’ “Cover the Earth” ad back in the Cold War days.  There have been significant geographic changes and trends since 1992–even some reminiscent of the Cold War–so this atlas will be “deposed.”

Holly: I get that an atlas of world history would feature something historical on the cover, but Stalin and Russia? It’s an “interesting” choice, anyway. A historical atlas is a beautiful thing to have on-hand in print, but as you can see in this list, there have been geographical changes significant to world history since 1992. I’m not sure how this publisher defines “history” but it feels like there are missing pieces that would qualify.

 

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Geography for the kids

Earthsearch coverEarthsearch : A Kids’ Geography Museum in a Book
Cassidy
1994

Submitter: This book is a fun hands on exploration of the earth’s geography. The book has been well used and loved based on its current state. There are several things that make this an awful library book. The first are the removable coins in the back cover. There was an attempt to keep the coins contained with the addition of tape, but clearly that didn’t work very well. Where did those two missing coins go? This book was shelved on a bottom shelf within easy reach of toddlers, so a definite safety hazard. The rice has most likely gone rancid and would make a child sick if eaten. Wrinkled pages and pages that are pulling away from the spiral binding…it’s time to go.

Holly: What a cool book! For a gift or home use, that is. It is a horrible format for public libraries. Between the spiral binding, the tabs sticking out, the bag of rice, and the loose coins, this is about as bad as it gets for public library use.

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Michigan, My Michigan

Discover Michigan coverDiscover Michigan
McConnell
1981

My Story of Michigan Geography
Callahan
1937-1941
Revised 1951

January 26, 2013 is Michigan’s Statehood Day, or as the kids will be calling it, Michigan’s 176th birthday. In preparation for our program, I was pulling materials.  Tucked away in the 977s were these ancient books. Usually, I can’t get enough of this kind of material, since every 3rd grader in the state is studying all sorts of Michigan topics like cities, the Great Lakes, and of course, the Mackinac Bridge.  Neither of the above books has circulated much. For today’s kids these are duds.  (The second one was published before the Big Mac was built, which automatically discounts its value).

I love this topic and also hate it. Invariably there is one parent who lectures me on the lack of books (not necessarily information!) on their choice of a city in Michigan. Last time this happened, it was a kid that had picked East Tawas, a small town located along the shores of Lake Huron. Parent then scolded me on the lack of books for her for 3rd grader on East Tawas.  I told her to write a book and I would be proud to add it to the collection. I also recommended she contact the the Iosco-Arenac District Library for any more information. (Sorry, East Tawas, I kind of threw you under the bus on that one.)

Anyway, new Michigan books have been ordered.  Sorry – I still couldn’t find any specific books for 3rd graders on East Tawas.  How about a report on Detroit or Grand Rapids?

Mary
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