Saturday, April 27, 2013
Book Review - The World Is Waiting For You
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question kids get asked over and over. But very few connections are made for kids between the present and the future. This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents to a future career or interest. And in so doing, it also encourages adventure, exploration, and discovery, three core principles of National Geographic's mission. It's a celebration of possibility--so simple and so profound.
Jumping in puddles can inspire scuba diving. Dirty hands can lead to dinosaur bones! Backyard star-gazing inspires future astronauts. Perfectly selected photos make the connections compelling and the future real for kids, then rich back matter brings the message home with inspirational quotes from the real-life adventurers pictured in the images. Grown-ups won't be able to resist sharing this inspirational message with kids, and kids won't be able to resist the invitation to let their imaginations run wild.
About the Author
BARBARA KERLEY is the author of National Geographic's A Cool Drink of Water, which received a starred review from School Library Journal and was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the NSTA/CBC, and You and Me Together, which was named an ALA Notable Book. Her third book for National Geographic, A Little Peace, was called "powerful" by School Library Journal and "stunningly beautiful," by the Boston Globe. It was named to the Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book List and a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2008. She has written Walt Whitman: Words for America,One World, One Day, What to Do About Alice?, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. The author lives in McKinleyville, California.
My Take on the Book
This is a National Geographic book. I would like to take a quote from the book written by John M . Farley Jr. , who is the CEO and chairman of the Board of National Geographic Society. ". . . The world is filled with incredible sights, grand adventures, and new things to learn everyday. We want to bring you around the world, showing you endless possibilities and all that your future has to offer. The explorers you've met on these pages were once kids, just like you- kids who stayed curious and followed their dreams."
To me, this quote tells the focus of the story behind this book. The photography is amazing and shows children how you can indulge in the opportunities to swim with the dolphins, discover the excitement of digging for dinosaur fossils, become an astronaut, climb mountains, visit underground caves that are actually over 100 degrees hot and more.
I loved this book. Allow your child to dream about their future. Allow them to pursue their interests. You never know where those interests may lead them in the future.
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