This is an easy-to- use atlas designed for children which uses relief shading and natural colours to highlight such features as deserts, mountains, grasslands and forests.;The introductory section sets the Earth in its context as part of the solar system. The formation, structure, climate, physical features and natural life of the planet are all considered.;There then follows a section on how maps are made, the different projections available and a guide to the use of the atlas, with its grid reference and scale bars.;After maps of the world as a whole there are individual chapters devoted to each of the continents in turn. These chapters begin with an opening display spread showing a global view of the continent accompanied by a pen portrait of it. A smaller key map shows the countries within that continent. Alongside each map is an information panel showing the appropriate national or regional flag and giving a range of basic facts relating to the area, population, capital, currency and government.;The changes in this revised atlas include Hong Kong, now a speical administrative region of China; Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo; new flags for Belarus, Lebanon, Oman, Ethiopia, the Seychelles, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and Macedonia.