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Children's LiteratureThe deadliest creatures swimming around in the world's oceans are the Sea Wasps. These jelly fish have enough venom to kill sixty adults. After being stung, death occurs in just four minutes! Did you also know that about 400 years ago, carrots were available in purple, red, yellow, and incredibly even in black? However, during the 17th century, the Dutch developed an orange carrot to match the color of their flag and this color became the most popular. This books is filled with colorful photographs and comparison charts in an attempt to proclaim the longest, tallest, fastest, most deadly, most expensive, and the top-ranking of a vast variety of subjects. Each of the sections shows the top rated things from around the world. The section about popular culture includes coverage of music, television, movies, theatre, and art. The science and technology records section includes vehicles, technology, computer games, space, and the solar system. The sports section includes records set in football, baseball, basketball, figure skating, tennis, golf, soccer, car racing, bicycling, hockey, and the Olympics. The section about nature includes animals, disasters, food, natural formations, plants, and weather. In the US section, every state is represented by one world record that happened in that state. Did you know that Tennessee has the world's largest fresh water aquarium? The human-made records section covers construction, travel and transportation. The last section lists money and business records. The back matter contains an index and an additional chapter featuring wild, wacky, and amazing facts about the human body, the Olympics, holidays, sports, animals, and food. 2005, Georgian BayBook/Scholastic Reference, Ages 8 to 14.
—Sally J. K. Davies