What About... World Wonders?

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This superbly illustrated Question & Answer book answers more than 70 questions to help you understand key subject areas.

Discover which tomb revealed a lost treasure, why the Tower a Pisa leans, who lived in the Forbidden City, plus many more exciting facts.

Test your friends and impress them with your knowledge using the challenging quiz pages, and learn exciting new facts in the easy-to-use fact panels....

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Overview

This superbly illustrated Question & Answer book answers more than 70 questions to help you understand key subject areas.

Discover which tomb revealed a lost treasure, why the Tower a Pisa leans, who lived in the Forbidden City, plus many more exciting facts.

Test your friends and impress them with your knowledge using the challenging quiz pages, and learn exciting new facts in the easy-to-use fact panels.

Accurate illustrations and photographs create a visual factfinder packed with essential information of the monuments and landscapes that shape our world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
Williams talks about the World Wonders in this title from the "What About…" series. Various topics are discussed: wonders of the ancient world, puzzling pyramids, marvels of Greece and Rome, mysterious monuments, forts and castles, palaces and power, walls and towers, built for eternity, technological triumphs, engineering marvels, memorials and mysteries, awesome landscapes, stupendous sights, and nature's record breakers. The information is given in a question/answer format. Questions are "asked" and paragraphs of "answers" are given for each question. For example, one question asks "Which Pacific Island has the strangest statues?" The paragraph answers the question by telling about Easter Island and the 600-plus stone statues that were built between 900 AD and 1600AD. There is also a corresponding color illustration of the statues. Interestingly, the quiz included in the back of the book asks "What are the giant stone statues on Easter Island called?" even though the paragraph never gives the answer (moai). The paragraph introducing the quiz says "See how much you remember, and discover how much more "you can learn by looking at other sources" to help you answer these questions." So, even though this quiz is in this publication, the answers to the questions might not be found within its pages. Unfortunately, even though the book talks about World Wonders, it does not mention anything about the "New 7 Wonders of the World" (Announced in July of 2007 by Bernard Weber, Founder of New7Wonders.com in cooperation with the United Nations). The book also includes an index. Reviewer: Joella Peterson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422215678
  • Publisher: Mason Crest
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Series: What About... Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Wonders of the Ancient World 8

What was the Mausoleum?

Which god became a wonder?

Which wonder had a fire on top?

Who was honoured in the Temple at Ephesus?

Which is the most mysterious wonder?

Which wonder was sold off for scrap?

Puzzling Pyramids 10

Why were the Great Pyramids built?

Who thought pyramids were a waste of money?

How many pyramids are there?

How were pyramids built?

Where else were pyramids built?

What is a step pyramid?

Marvels of Greece and Rome 12

Why did the Greeks build temples?

Which Roman town disappeared under hot ash?

Where is the Acropolis?

Which Roman column tells stories?

Why did the Romans build aqueducts?

How did the Colosseum get its name?

Which Roman wonder had a hole in it?

Mysterious Monuments 14

Why did ancient peoples build circles of stone?

Where is the Great Serpent Mound?

Which Pacific island has the strangest statues?

Why does Stonehenge fascinate people?

Where are there strange pictures in a desert?

Forts and Castles 16

What was Maiden Castle?

Who built Britain's strongest castles?

What is the Krak des Chevaliers?

Where is the Red Fort?

Which castle sits on a volcano?

Where is Great Zimbabwe?

Palaces and Power 18

How old is Buckingham Palace?

Which palace was built for a general?

Who lived in the Forbidden City?

Which king ordered a palace with 1,300 rooms?

Who was the first President to live in the White House?

Where is the Winter Palace?

Walls and Towers 20

Why did the Chinese build the Great Wall?

Which was the longest Roman wall?

Where are the Petronas Towers?

Why is the Eiffel Tower so remarkable?

What made the Tower of Pisa lean?

Built for Eternity22

What are the world's biggest religious buildings?

Where can 300,000 people pray together?

Which temple has 500 Buddhas?

What is the Taj Mahal?

Which is Britain's most famous cathedral?

Technological Triumphs 24

What were the biggest airships of all time?

Which car went supersonic?

How do scientists explore distant worlds?

Which was the most wondrous ship of its day?

Which is the world's fastest train?

Which were the biggest vehicles ever?

Engineering Marvels 26

Which telescope orbits our planet?

How are very long bridges held up?

Which is Australia's most famous building?

Where can you sail through a desert?

Where do trains travel under the sea?

Which dam made the biggest lake?

Memorials and Mysteries 28

What was unearthed at Sutton Hoo?

Whose journey is remembered by a giant arch?

Who was buried with an army of clay soldiers?

Whose tomb revealed a lost treasure?

Which leaders stare out from a mountain?

Where did the last Incas live in secret?

Awesome Landscapes 30

Where are the world's mightiest mountains?

Which is the strangest lake?

Where is the thickest ice?

Where is Monument Valley?

Where are there too many trees to count?

Which is the world's biggest desert?

Stupendous Sights 32

What makes the Grand Canyon so grand?

Which waterfall is higher than a skyscraper?

Which is America's most destructive volcano?

Which is Australia's biggest pebble?

Which is the longest coral reef?

Nature's Record Breakers 34

Which is the fastest land animal?

Where is the most massive tree?

Why are termites so astounding?

Wmich animal gives birth to the biggest baby?

Which is the biggest of all the big cats?

How many kinds of elephant are there?

Quiz Time 36

Index 38

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