Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: 100 Things to be When You Grow Up/Ultimate Explorer Guide by National Geographic Kids


ABOUT THE BOOK

Who says adults can't have fun? This book explores 100 of the coolest, wackiest, and most amazing jobs and careers out there, from astronaut to zookeeper, ice cream taster to game maker.

Jam-packed with inspiration, hands-on projects, advice from National Geographic explorers, interviews with experts, weird-but-true facts, and more, this new book in the popular -100 Things- series is a great way to get kids thinking creatively about career paths and excited about their futures!

REVIEW

What an utterly delightful book!  I loved the way that the author presented each of the 100 careers in this book.  With National Geographic's typical gorgeous photographs and bright, fun, appealing design, each of 100 different careers are presented.  The book is not intended to offer detailed descriptions, but merely a brief introduction to the possibilities that exist.  Including brief suggestions for ways to explore one's interests (called Inspiration Station), the book focuses on primarily unusual careers such as astronaut, party planner, tree house builder, professional line waiter, and snake milker. This book is bound to be enjoyed by young readers who are curious about the world around them and what the possibilities are for their future.  I especially enjoyed the brief interviews with people who currently work in some of the jobs presented. It's especially interesting to see what led these folks to the careers they work in.


ABOUT THE BOOK

National Geographic has inspired generations of explorers. Now it's your turn! Learn what it takes to be a real-life explorer in this fun and action-packed guide to discovering the world around us. Unearth ancient mummies and lost treasures, encounter wild animals and learn how to protect their habitats, and shoot for the stars with the latest technologies in space travel. Amazing stories, fantastic photos, and hands-on-activities inspire curious kids to start discovering on land, air, and sea. Profiles feature National Geographic explorers of all kinds: paleontologists, biologists, photographers, artists, writers, activists, conservationists, and more. Kids are inspired to follow their passions into careers and introduced to the first steps to take to achieve their dream.

REVIEW

Providing interviews with explorers, experiments, and descriptions of a variety of jobs related to exploration, National Geographic's Ultimate Explorer Guide presents a great overview of exploration.  The book covers topics related to land, sea and sky.  Each section contains basic information about exploration as well as about jobs related to it such as marine biology, volcanology, and geology.  Fun factoids are shared related to different animals and features of each environment.  The experiments give the reader a chance to see what aspects of exploration he/she might enjoy the most.  I myself especially enjoyed the interviews with current explorers and finding out what they do in their jobs.  This makes a great browsing book for young readers fascinated by the world in which we live.


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