The best use for this volume would be at the middle school level or higher, where a review of topics could serve as an enrichment resource. Readers need to be aware that many topics have been excluded (e.g., El Niño is included, but La Niña is not). The colorful nature of the book is its strength.
A table of Earth facts, including information about worldwide major earthquakes and volcanoes, properties of minerals, and a geological timeline, is beneficial, but not connected to the body of the volume. Acceptable, Grades 7-12. REVIEWER: Lloyd H. Barrow (University of Missouri)