Commonly asked questions such as: "What causes earthquakes? What is the longest river?" and "How hot is the sun?" are examples of what is featured in this book. Readers learn that that the slipping of the earth's plates and volcanic eruptions can cause earthquakes. (There is a see-through page that, when flipped, lets one look inside a volcano to see the molten rock and central vent.) As for the longest river, the consensus is that the Nile is the longest, but the Amazon is a strong contender and the text indicates that it is difficult to measure the length of a river exactly. The pictures focus on the Nile. The sun is so hot that the actual number is almost meaningless to an ordinary person. The description of a solar flare and the true or false question is probably more useful. Most of the spreads have a true or false question such as "Pluto is a planet." Current scientists have removed Pluto from the list of planets. This makes Mercury the smallest planet in our solar system. Facts abound, the information is easily digested and accompanied by colorful illustrations. A handy book for inquisitive kids. Part of the "World of Wonder" series, this title includes a brief glossary, an index, and answers to the questions. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)
Meet the Author
Ian Graham is an experienced author of illustrated nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including aviation and spaceflight. In 25 years, he has written more than 200 books and numerous magazine articles.