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Book Review: DK Atlas of Exploration

Posted by Lisa Hill on May 16, 2013

This book is a disappointment.

I borrowed the DK Atlas of Exploration from the library for my Year 3 and 4 students whose project this term is to identify the best (most useful) books for finding out about Explorers of Australia.  (I will upload this new Australian Curriculum History unit later this year when I’ve finished teaching it and have tidied it up).

Like most books of its type, Atlas of Exploration is meant only to be a general overview and students can’t expect to find a great deal of detail about an area of interest.  Even though we might expect that the exploration of the last continent might be considered rather important to the rest of the world, Australians are used to being a bit of an afterthought in non-fiction texts published in America or the UK.  If there’s a page or two acknowledging our part of the world that’s about the best we can hope for, even in a book that purports to follow the world’s great explorers.

However, when it came to checking out the interactive CD-ROM, even these low level expectations weren’t met.  There are icons to click so that students can follow the voyages of various explorers – but not one of them is an explorer who came to Australia.

Don’t waste your money.

Title: DK Atlas of Exploration
Publisher: DK (Dorling Kindersley) 2008
ISBN: 9781405322089
Source: Kingston Library.

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