The World Is Waiting For You

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"A stirring invitation to leap, dive, soar, plunge and thrill to the natural world’s wonders and glories." —Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question kids get asked over and over. But very few connections are made for kids between the present and the future. This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents to a future career or interest. And in so doing, it also encourages adventure, exploration, and discovery, three core principles of National Geographic's mission. It's a

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Overview

"A stirring invitation to leap, dive, soar, plunge and thrill to the natural world’s wonders and glories." —Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question kids get asked over and over. But very few connections are made for kids between the present and the future. This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents to a future career or interest. And in so doing, it also encourages adventure, exploration, and discovery, three core principles of National Geographic's mission. It's a celebration of possibility—so simple and so profound.

Jumping in puddles can inspire scuba diving. Dirty hands can lead to dinosaur bones! Backyard star-gazing inspires future astronauts. Perfectly selected photos make the connections compelling and the future real for kids, then rich back matter brings the message home with inspirational quotes from the real-life adventurers pictured in the images. Grown-ups won't be able to resist sharing this inspirational message with kids, and kids won't be able to resist the invitation to let their imaginations run wild.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As she did in One World, One Day, Kerley pairs lean prose with exquisite photographs (many from National Geographic’s archives) in this exuberant celebration of the boundless possibilities life holds for children. As in the earlier book, smaller versions of the photos also appear at book’s end, annotated with information about the activities and locations depicted, as well as comments from the photographers. Kerley uses two visual narratives to encourage readers to explore the world around them. Photographs of children involved in outdoor activities alternate with thematically linked images of scientists and adventurers. A photograph of a child playing under a waterfall in Bali (“Make a splash. Get a little too wet”) is followed by a shot of oceanographer Sylvia Earle diving with dolphins near the Bahamas (“Dive in”); an image of a girl standing on a Florida beach (“face the wind...”) leads into a shot of a biologist/photographer paragliding over Patagonia (“...and soar”). Whether portraying an everyday activity or an extraordinary feat of science and exploration, the daring photographs and invigorating text aim to inspire—and succeed. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
Named 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the Children's Book Council
An NPR Best Books of 2013 Selection

"A stirring invitation to leap, dive, soar, plunge and thrill to the natural world’s wonders and glories." –Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Kerley pairs lean prose with exquisite photographs (many from National Geographic’s archives) in this exuberant celebration of the boundless possibilities life holds for children.” Publisher’s Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"This gorgeous, inspirational title urges readers forward." —Library Journal

"Each photograph is striking, and the text is simple and inviting." —Library Media Connection, Highly Recommended

"Barbara Kerley presents the natural world to children in this beautifully orchestrated book, which marries really good advice...with vividly realized photography." -Maria Alpert, children's librarian, via NPR

“The World is Waiting for You is a beautiful book to spark your little explorer’s curiosity and imagination. Kids will love the awesome photography and get excited about life’s big adventures.” –WeeSpring

Kirkus Reviews
A stirring invitation to leap, dive, soar, plunge and thrill to the natural world's wonders and glories. "Right outside your window there's a world to explore," writes Kerley. "Ready?" In huge, bright, sharply focused photos, a hang glider and a mountain climber dangle in midair, a paleontologist carefully brushes dirt off a fossil, an astronaut dangles near the International Space Station, and spelunkers clamber amid spectacular crystals. These dramatic images mingle with equally eye-filling scenes of muddy, soaked, laughing young children--some venturing alone down a forest path or over jumbles of rock, others peering into a snow cave or a starry sky. "Size things up," suggests the author. "Get a firm grip. Then… / …start climbing." This may well leave safety-obsessed parents with the vapors, but that may be all to the good. Explanatory captions for several of the photographs, from very brief profiles of the explorers to the stories behind the photos themselves, appear at the end. Vivid glimpses of what waits for anyone who is willing to stop just looking and go. (Picture book. 6-8)
School Library Journal
Gr 1–6—In celebration of its 125th anniversary, National Geographic presents a series of outstanding photographic images-explorers and future explorers in eye-opening close-ups and dramatic panoramic vistas-that encourage and challenge youngsters to discover the world around them. Simple sentences and highlighted text in a large font ask readers, "what if?…why not?" and offer the instruction to "get your hands dirty" and investigate. Cloud-filled skies on endpapers frame the text and pictures. As in the print magazine, additional pages fill in the details of adventure shots with quotations and identification of sites. Photography enthusiasts will not be disappointed as illustrations range from the unique to the adventurous. Explorers are shown in a cave of giant crystals, dangling from cliff's edge in California, spacewalking outside the International Space Station, and shooting class-five rapids on the Shoshone River, Wyoming. This gorgeous, inspirational title urges readers forward. "Ready. Set. Go."—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426311147
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Series: Barbara Kerley Photo Inspirations Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 215,796
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA KERLEY is the author of National Geographic's A Cool Drink of Water, which received a starred review from School Library Journal and was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the NSTA/CBC, and You and Me Together, which was named an ALA Notable Book. Her third book for National Geographic, A Little Peace, was called "powerful" by School Library Journal and "stunningly beautiful," by the Boston Globe. It was named to the Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book List and a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2008. She has written Walt Whitman: Words for America,One World, One Day, What to Do About Alice?, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. The author lives in McKinleyville, California.

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Read an Excerpt

Excerpt: 
Just outside your window there's a world to explore.
Ready?

Follow that path around the next bend.
Who knows where it might lead...

Make a splash. Get a little too wet.
Dive in.

Sift. Scrape. Go on—get your hands dirty.
Dig deeper.

What if? Why not?
Scan the sky and take a leap.

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