Lonely Planet has just sent me a couple of really lovely children’s books which would make ideal stocking fillers. The Amazing World Atlas isn’t a traditional atlas with maps etc but is rather a series of beautifully illustrated chapters crammed with facts aboout the various countries and continents around the world. For example – did you know that Canada has between 2 and 3 million lakes – more than all the other countries in the world put together? Or that half of the population of Kosovo is under 25? If you’ve got a child who’s always delighted to have a copy of the Guinness Book of Records in their stocking, they’d love a copy of this book too.
The second book, How To Be a Space Explorer was particularly timely for us as we’ve just been to the observatory at Pic du Midi (post to follow). It’s written almost lik a training manual for young astronauts – taking them through the things they’d have to do before going in to space as well as informatio about some of things they might see and do while out there. Again it is packed with facts and answers questions like how you pee in a space suite and what astronauts eat for dinner.
Amazing World Atlas is priced £14.99 and How to be a Space Explorer, £12.99.