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Gr 4-6-An introduction to 51 interesting sites, natural and manmade, throughout the world. The common thread they all share is ``...their ability to be destroyed by carelessness,'' although Hicks only remarks on the concerns of pollution and exploitation of resources in two short sentences in the introduction. Mountains, canyons, caverns, rivers, ancient stone carvings, old cities, and modern iron structures are included, but much of their wonder is lost as all of the illustrations are in black and white. Each place is profiled on a double-page spread, with text placed among three or more illustrations, giving the book a textbook look. There is no mention made of problems with the rain forest, fires in Yellowstone, canals in Venice, effect of pollution on the Parthenon, etc. The writing is chatty and readable, including strange or unusual tales and funny anecdotes. There are boxes for trivia items and a few references to what life was like for children in ancient civilizations. Outline maps of the world and each continent are easy to understand. The ink line drawings are clear-many are comical-and the diagrams are straightforward. There is no bibliography, which is unfortunate, given the cursory treatment each subject receives. This is a step above Sue Naylor's The Natural Wonders of the World (Dillon, 1986; o.p.) for information, though it is not as attractive as that book.-Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID
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  • ISBN-13: 9780806986920
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/1993
  • Pages: 128

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