Reviews for Wonders of the World


Booklist Reviews 2007 May #1
This wide-reaching entry in the Kingfisher Knowledge series aims to introduce young readers to the human-engineered wonders of the world, from the Great Pyramid of Egypt to the Taj Mahal to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Slotted into three chronological chapters, the spreads feature brief descriptions of each site, illustrated with present-day color photos and eye-catching, computer-generated images, many of which imagine the sites in ancient times. The book tries to encompass too much, particularly in its third section, which focuses on the achievements of modern civilization. But the quick survey will spark students' interest and perhaps encourage future, deeper research. A final section further explains the meaning of heritage sites, and chapter summaries introduce relevant vocabulary and encourage readers to think about the treasures in their own cities and countries. ((Reviewed May 1, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
This book introduces readers to a wide range of human accomplishments, focusing mostly on art and architecture (the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, skyscrapers) but also incorporating technological advancements (the Hubble telescope, the Internet). The many photographs and renderings are appropriately monumental but tend to crowd the pages. Each of the three chapters is introduced with a map. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
This book introduces readers to a wide range of human accomplishments, focusing mostly on art and architecture (the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, skyscrapers) but also incorporating technological advancements (the Hubble telescope, the Internet). The many photographs and renderings are appropriately monumental but tend to crowd the pages. Each of the three chapters is introduced with a map. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Library Media Connection - November/December 2007
This text covers a wide interpretation of wonders, both ancient and modern. Wonders beyond the ancient cities, such as the Taj Mahal and the Canals of Venice, are described. Wonders from modern times include the Hubble Telescope and the Sydney Opera House. In the wonders of modern times, items are grouped by subject, such as "Architecture and the Arts," "Water Wonders" (canals and dams), and "Building Bridges." Double-page spreads with color photos or recreations are shown with a number of paragraph descriptions and further information. The final chapter discusses each major area of the world, the wonders that it contains, and the preservation or lack thereof for these great human creations. Each chapter has a number of Web sites for further exploration, as well as books to explore. A short glossary is included at the end of each chapter, and a larger glossary and index are included at the conclusion of the book as well. Students will be able to use this volume for research and for browsing. It clearly and sufficiently describes the ancient wonders and will be a useful addition to the collection. Recommended. Allison L. Bernstein, Educational Materials Reviewer, Sharon, Massachusetts © 2007 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 August

Gr 4-7-- As Steele journeys around the world, he begins with the original seven wonders and then moves on to the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Canals of Venice, and "Modern Wonders," among them skyscrapers and bridges, offering enticing paragraphs and "Go further" suggestions of books and Web sites at the end of each section. His descriptions are clear, and important terms are well defined. Attractive full-color photos, drawings, and computer re-creations are included. A foreword from UNESCO adds gravitas and introduces the struggle to protect the world's cultural and natural wonders, a theme that is developed later in the book. An appealing introduction to the topic.--Tracy H. Chrenka, Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids, MI

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