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National Geographic Almanac 2020: Trending Topics, Big Ideas in Science, Photos, Maps, Facts & More

National Geographic. 2019. 400p. ISBN 9781426220524. pap. $19.99. REF
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Like previous editions, this latest almanac from National Geographic is full of fascinating information, from medicine, biology, and astronomy, to geography and beyond. Timely topics covered include regulations against plastic straws, dwindling honeybee populations, and antibiotic resistance. With just a few items per page (no long articles here) and pithy text, this is a browser’s delight—each page bursts with color and images, and there are plenty of charts, time lines, lists, and maps. Featured throughout are quotes from a variety of figures: Leonardo DiCaprio, Pablo Neruda, and Rachel Carson, to name a few eclectic examples. Some may find the supplementary lists of “pop” information (for instance, a list of “movies starring volcanoes”) and quotes distract from the rest of the book, but many will enjoy them.
VERDICT A fun, breezy resource for fans of National Geographic; kids and teens will enjoy it, too.

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