This worldwide theme is clear in this “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” series title that is a mostly colored photographic collection of nature’s unique places, buildings, and events. Readers will see a Crystal Cave and a blind adventurer who allows no one or no object stop him from exploring land, sea and the tallest mountains. Who wouldn’t want to see a pink palace, live in a huge redwood tree, or stumble upon a frozen donut? The images are almost guaranteed to fascinate young and old readers alike and will surely provoke gasps and puzzlement. Younger readers may wish to gaze at the realistic photographs several times and then either read or ask someone to read the explanatory texts alongside each page of photographs; more experienced readers can handle the short paragraphs with simple vocabulary. Wondrous photographs invite readers to imagine the strange and fascinating images the world holds for those who look and study different sights. An Index will help interested readers know just the right page to find an image to stick in the mind for a very long time. Readers may also be encouraged to experiment with using a camera and producing images no other can replicate. Any child would be delighted and enthralled to read several books from the series in an effort to understand the world and share information with others. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy; Ages 8 to 12.