There are some constants. The flag for each country is shown. A Facts and Figures table provides such basic data as population, area and main cities. Some recurring items describe traditional dishes, dominant language or endangered species. Illustrations are a mix of good quality coloured photographs and drawings.
There are some useful general sections on population, religion and environment, and there are summary tables as well as a full index and glossary.
The difficulty lies in the initial question. There is a real danger of superficial stereotyping when each entry is so confined. Illustrations tend towards the traditional and exotic. Famous buildings feature large, and there is a preoccupation with traditional economic activity now often residual.
The text often takes a historical perspective of origins and conflicts on the way to independence. Most pages show people in their places with a good mix of men and women of different ages in a range of activities. But the balance is harder to sustain at the level of individual country entries.
The encyclopedia would provide no more than a starter stimulus for primary children undertaking locality studies. Secondary pupils would need more depth. However, as an addition to a school's reference library it is likely to stimulate curiosity about places and could soon become well thumbed.