Reviews for Seven Natural Wonders of North America

Booklist Reviews 2009 March #1
Seven Wonders Series JRSS: Central & South America PID 3359627 JRSS: Africa PID 3359718 Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews 2009 April #1
"Each book in the Seven Natural Wonders series takes seven noteworthy wonders in a certain area of the world and spotlights them in separate chapters. The text introduces each one from a historical perspective and beautiful color photographs offer inviting views, while maps, sidebars, and featured quotes add variety to the pages. North America takes readers to Dinosaur Provincial Park, Pacific Rim National Park, the redwood forests, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and the Paricutín Volcano. Apart from a photo caption that mistakenly identifies the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, as Toronto, the book appears to be well researched. Back matter includes a time line, glossary, source notes, a selected bibliography, and lists of recommended books and Internet sites. The handsome volumes in this series offer useful information for school reports and an illuminating view of natural wonders worldwide."

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall
From the rainforest of Canada's Pacific Rim National Park to the Paricutin volcano site in Mexico, this volume explores wondrous natural places in North America as well as the efforts to preserve them. The information is well organized, and the text is both detailed and accessible. Well-captioned photographs and maps plus relevant quotes and sidebars round out this polished work. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 May

Gr 4-7--The writing in these volumes flows, and the information and definitions are easily accessible. The full-color photographs fill the eye with their detail and color as they show the expanse of each area. How these wonders were formed is effortlessly described and often depicted. The aerial view of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon is a great look at the way a river erodes land. Many entries include historical information and illustrations about the people who have lived near or discovered these wonders. The ancient Egyptians and the British explorer John Speke are included in the Nile River entry (Africa), and Central and South America mentions U.S. pilot James Angel for whom Angel Falls in Venezuela is named and the Pemn people, who have lived in the region for centuries and named the mountain Auyantepui, meaning "Devil's Mountain." The photographs can be exciting--a parachuting jumper leaping from the top of Angel Falls--or shocking--a strip of Amazon rain forest surrounded by bare red soil--but they are always attention-getting. A time line lists events related to each wonder, and readers are invited to select their own Eighth Wonder by using the list of books and Web sites included in the further reading. Great for reports and armchair traveling.--Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

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VOYA Reviews 2009 April
This husband-and-wife team produce fourteen volumes whose series formula is applied with unvarying consistency. Each precisely constructed book contains distinct chapters on seven spectacular natural features to be found in the designated region. The North American wonders in Seven Natural Wonders of North America include attractions such as Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon, as well as national parks such as Yellowstone that have multiple attractions. Six of the seven North American wonders are enduring features which have evolved on a geologic time scale, but one is fixed in historical time: the Mexican volcano Paracutín, which erupted between the years of 1943 and 1952. Six of the chapters of Seven Natural Wonders of Africa concern geographical features, ranging from the wet (Nile River and Victoria Falls) to the very dry Sahara Desert; however, the chapter on mountain gorillas highlights a zoological rather than a geological wonder. The main focus of the series is physical geography, with secondary emphases on biodiversity and human culture, rather like National Geographic magazine Each chapter opens with a full-page color photo and a simple large-scale map on facing pages. Additional glossy color photos (all from commercial stock image suppliers), and brief textual accompaniment follow. The text is geared to middle school readers and is broken up into many short segments and sidebars with large, colored fonts. Each book ends with a standard set of appendixes, including a time line, glossary and pronunciation guide, source notes, selected bibliography, further reading and Web sites, and index. In addition, there is a "Choose an Eighth Wonder" appendix, inviting further research These slender volumes are expensive, and similar content and images are readily available on the Internet and in other print resources. Nevertheless the series, advertised as offering "strong curriculum links to geography standards on places and regions," and aided by its attractive packaging, will be welcome in middle school and public libraries.--Walter Hogan 3Q 3P M J Copyright 2009 Voya Reviews.