A new way of looking at parts of the world with remarkable natural scenery.
From the Lofoten archipelago in Norway to Redwood National Park in California, a graphic designer and travel enthusiast offers young readers bird’s-eye views of a dozen remarkable destinations around the world in this series opener. The overhead perspective works well for Lord’s flat, digitally produced images, each filling a double-page spread. Informational text in colored boxes set directly on the pages introduces the area and points out some interesting details. Describing Lapland, the author introduces both the reindeer-herding Sami and the northern lights. The Grand Canyon yawns below tourists on the hanging skywalk bridge: “Scary!” On each spread, a small world map labeled by continents shows the general location with an arrow and dot. Readers are encouraged to look for small details with questions such as “How many zebras can you spot among the wildebeest?” shown crossing the Mara River in Tanzania. Answers are on the last page. Once in a while her perspective slips—most noticeably at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, where both the dugong and humphead wrasse are shown sideways. Other wonders celebrated include Victoria Falls in southern Africa, Arctic Alaska, Mount Everest, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, the Tengger Caldera in Indonesia, and Lake Nakuru in Kenya.
Interesting, unusual choices for an invitation to a lifetime of travel for young explorers. (Informational picture book. 7-10)