Carpenter's Geographical Reader: Australia and the Islands

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(4.3 stars; 3 reviews)

The purpose of this book is to give the children who read it a living knowledge of Australia and the chief islands of the world, and especially those which have become colonies or dependencies of the United States. In a personally conducted tour through the eyes of teh author they travel over [these islands], seeing our brown-skinned cousins of the several colonies as they are at home. They learn about the resources of the various islands, and of their value to the United States. They visit the people on the farms and in the factories. They spend some time in the cities and villages, and they explore the wilds, observing the wonders of plant and animal creation. (from the Preface) (9 hr 17 min)


Preface 3:42 Read by MaryAnn
General View of Australia 8:04 Read by BettyB
In Sydney, the New York of Australia 11:57 Read by BettyB
Sheep and Wool in Australia 13:29 Read by BettyB
South Australia and the Great Central Desert -- Adelaide 8:49 Read by BettyB
Gold Mining in Australia -- Ballarat -- Melbourne 7:14 Read by BettyB
A Land of Strange Plants and Animals 13:13 Read by BettyB
Queensland -- The Pearl Fisheries -- The Great Barrier Reef 11:46 Read by BettyB
Among the Aborigines or Native Australians 8:11 Read by BettyB
Western Australia and Tasmania 10:35 Read by BettyB
New Zealand 8:45 Read by BettyB
A Visit to a Meet-freezing Factory 4:52 Read by JezRSH
Wellington -- The Hot Springs -- Among the Maoris 11:39 Read by JezRSH
New Caledonia and other French Islands 5:33 Read by JezRSH
New Guinea 11:20 Read by JezRSH
Northeastern New Guinea and Adjacent British Isles 7:55 Read by JezRSH
The Fijis and Other British Possessions of the Pacific 10:15 Read by JezRSH
Samoa 10:11 Read by JezRSH
Our Hawaiian Possessions -- Honolulu 10:08 Read by BettyB
The Industries of the Hawaiian Islands 11:00 Read by BettyB
A Visit to a Volcano 9:01 Read by BettyB
The Island of Guam 7:40 Read by Bill Boerst
General View of the Philippine Islands 13:16 Read by Bill Boerst
Manila, the Capital of the Philippines 13:01 Read by BettyB
Home Life and the Markets 12:24 Read by BettyB
A Trip through the Country -- Rice, Sugar and Tobacco 14:39 Read by BettyB
Through the Mountains of Luzon 9:38 Read by BettyB
The Visayan Islands -- The Hemp Industry 11:30 Read by BettyB
Mindanao and the Moros 8:10 Read by BettyB
The Sulu Archipelago 8:24 Read by BettyB
Borneo 13:48 Read by Andrea Kotzer
The Dutch East Indies 11:23 Read by BettyB
Batavia, the Dutch Capital 6:47 Read by BettyB
The Natives of Java 10:49 Read by BettyB
Some Industries of Java 10:33 Read by BettyB
Sumatra 13:53 Read by BettyB
Singapore 12:29 Read by Availle
Ceylon 9:05 Read by BettyB
Mauritius and Reunion 5:13 Read by BettyB
Madagascar -- The East Coast 6:02 Read by BettyB
The Hovas and the Central Plateau 10:54 Read by BettyB
Among the Sakalavas 3:20 Read by BettyB
Zanzibar and Other East African Islands 5:57 Read by BettyB
West African Islands -- St. Helena 3:32 Read by BettyB
The Cape Verde and Canary Archipelagoes 6:41 Read by BettyB
The Madeiras and the Azores 6:58 Read by BettyB
The Balearic Isles 4:51 Read by Andrea Kotzer
Corsica and Elba 3:50 Read by Andrea Kotzer
Sardinia and Sicily 7:20 Read by Andrea Kotzer
Malta and the Grecian Isles 5:18 Read by BettyB
Crete, Rhodes, and Cyprus 5:26 Read by BettyB
The West Indies -- General View 3:59 Read by BettyB
The Lesser Antilles 11:24 Read by BettyB
General View of Porto Rico -- A Walk through San Juan 9:18 Read by BettyB
Across Porto Rico 11:34 Read by BettyB
Haiti, the Island of the Two Black Republics 11:41 Read by BettyB
Jamaica 7:41 Read by BettyB
Cuba, the Pearl of the Antilles 7:33 Read by BettyB
Havana 7:14 Read by BettyB
On the Sugar and Tobacco Plantations 5:22 Read by BettyB
The Bahamas and the Bermudas 6:50 Read by BettyB
The Islands of Ice and Snow 8:40 Read by BettyB
Islands around and about South America 6:13 Read by BettyB



(3 stars)

Interesting book about the islands of the world. The writing style made me feel like I was traveling with the author. I’m not sure about all his facts as I noticed a few errors in his chapters on Australia. It did give a perspective on the thoughts and attitudes of Americans of the time towards less “civilised” countries. Although this was written to children, I wouldn’t give them this to listen to, unless they were old enough to discern the cultural influences at the time of writing.

great descriptions

(5 stars)

some of the language is a bit dated, but it's a really wonderful travel log