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Wonderful World of Nature
by Thea Feldman
Order:  USA  Can
Disney, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Using characters from the Disney production of The Jungle Book, this lavishly illustrated volume takes children on an exploratory trip around the globe to visit vast deserts, high mountain peaks, lush forests and the ocean floor.

After a general introduction where the flora and fauna of boreal, temperate and tropical forests is introduced, the reader will go on to visit temperate grasslands, deserts like the Sahara, lofty mountains such as the Himalayas, and marine environments varying from coral reefs and tide pools to the mysterious bathypelagic or midnight zone of the ocean.

After this whirlwind tour of some of the natural wonders of Earth, the book addresses some of the concerns of pollution and what it is doing to our rivers, lakes and wetlands.

Much of the information here is presented in a question and answer format. For example: 'What are some trees found in the Amazonian rain forest? Where are the world's grasslands? What do animals need to survive in the desert?'

Although the topic is obviously not handled in depth, The Wonderful World of Nature does offer an attractive introduction to a vast subject that the youngster will one day hopefully study in greater detail. After reading this book, ask your child what he or she would like to learn more about. It might be the ocean, African animals or perhaps bears.

Parents home schooling their child, teachers and school librarians will find this book and the others in the Wonderful World series ideal resources for introducing children to broad subject areas such as animals, dinosaurs, sharks and space.

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