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Friday, January 4, 2013
Wonderful World of Earth - Thea Feldman/Disney Publishing
Released September 2012
Book Review by Bob Walch
Another title in the Wonderful World series, this volume uses stunning, real-life photos and colorful illustrations to provide young readers with a firsthand look at our planet and the natural events that take place on it.
A handful of Disney characters act as the guides as they take the reader on a tour to every continent and look at all the extremes of weather and other natural phenomenon. Two page spreads look at extreme weather like hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, droughts, blizzards and thunderstorms. Then the focus switches to volcanoes, landslides, earthquakes, avalanches and tsunamis.
Each section is constructed around a series of questions. For example, “What country gets hit by the most typhoons? (the Philippines). How fast is lightning? (60,000 miles per second). Where is the driest place on Earth? (Atacama Desert in Chile).”
Granted this is a very broad topic. but this attractive book will at least get a youngster started on investigating some of the wonders of the Earth. The extremes of weather and the natural occurring events like earthquakes usually hold a lot of interest for children. Use this book as a catalyst to launch a more detailed study of all of these events that underscore the power of nature.
If you are a teacher, librarian or parent home schooling your child, you’ll probably wish to purchase this book. Otherwise, checking it out of the library might be a good idea rather than buying it.