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Seven Natural Wonders of Central and South America
ISBN: 9780822590705
Author: Woods, Michael/ Woods, Mary B.
Publisher: Lerner Pub Group
Published: April 2009
Retail: $33.26    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Looks at seven natural wonders of Central and South America, including Angel Falls, the Galapagos Islands, and the Amazon River.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 8.25" W
Bargain Category: Non-Fiction, Geography, Upper Elementary
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall)
This tour of seven majestic natural sights in Central and South America calls attention to the wonders within the wonders, from the blue-footed boobies of the Galapagos to the air plants of the Montecristo Cloud Forest. 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.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ 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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