Oh, the beauty of the world we live in. I love living in South-Western Ontario, being able to enjoy the wonder of four distinct seasons. This doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy the wonder of the larger world. Hidden Wonders brings much of that beauty right to my doorstep. Hidden wonders is a guide to the planet’s wildest, weirdest places… and some of them are breath-takingly beautiful! Others, well … a creepy, crawling market would have me wondering where the beauty was! 🙂 Come on, let’s take a peak into the weird, wild, and sometimes beautiful places of our world.
Lonely Planet Kids has produced a curious book called Hidden Wonders: A Guide to the Planet’s Wildest, Weirdest Places, a picture-laden 240 page hardcover book. I received this intriguing hardcover book courtesy of Raincoast Books. Geared for students aged 9-12, I found it a delightful read for myself.
Geography, Explore the World, Travel, Mystery & Wonder,
This travel companion for the incurably curious is your guide to finding the world’s most amazing secret places. So grab your compass and let’s get started as you explore the far corners of our world. Start your adventure in the west at Hawaii’s Pineapple Garden Maze, before traveling along the line of longitude to Vanuatu’s underwater post office.
Details about Hidden World
Hidden Wonders starts off with an introduction, then walks us through the world using chapters titles of discover, encounter, find, stroll, uncover, witness and closing off with an index. Each chapter covers a different longitudinal area. The opening page gives hints of the wonders found within.
The wonders found are both man-made and natural. You’ll find man-made weird and wild places such as Fusterlandia, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Chairman Mao Memorial hall, and Coober Pedy.
Natural wonders such as the Tree of Tenere, Mataobo National Park, Antogo Fishing Frenzy and Caicos Conch Farm. The write up about each wonder runs 1-2 pages. Photos and illustrations always take up to half of the page.
I found the text engaging and easy to read. Reading about the Giant Pumpkin Regatta made me laugh AND want to attend! Oh, that would be a hoot to see people racing across a pond in a pumpkin!
I have to admit that normally I don’t spend a lot of time in the index of a book. BUT I did with Hidden Wonders. I wanted to know how many wonders were Canadian based.
I learned that both places featured from Canada came from British Columbia. One a tree cut down by activists to protest… tree cutting. And the other a trainwreck which has been turned into art work and a mountain biker’s playground.
I could happily read the day away learning of hidden gems around the world. I find many of these places just fascinating, and being able to see them as well just brought the words to life. From a business that builds unique coffins (how odd), to the Bat Migration of Kasanka National Park (would be fascinating to see), and on to Yolyn Am (an area of ice in the middle of the Gobi Desert!) Can you imagine how interesting that would be? Ice in the middle of a hot zone, formed naturally! Just so so intriguing.
It would be fun to turn this excellent book into a unit study (or three). The amount of learning you can do using one of these unique places as a jumping off point. Makes me want to do just that! 🙂 Take a place like Catedral De Sal, you could learn about other cathedrals and where they are located around the word.