Sunday, December 16, 2012

Pocket Genius Earth

9780756698157HPocket Genius Earth
Published at DK Canada

About the book

The prefect sized books for backpacks, DK's Pocket Genius series is bright, inviting, concise, and punchy — the ideal source for reference. Featuring essential information, full-color images, glossary, and top ten lists, these books are a brand-new type of encyclopedia for young readers.

A visual look at the planet we call home, Pocket Genius Earth delves into Earth's geology and geography, examining oceans, mountains, deserts, clouds, and more.

My Thoughts

The DK Pocket Genius books are fabulous to grab when you are travelling with children or simply running an errands with them.  They are very portable and the perfect size to slide in a bag or hold on their laps while you drive.   It contains lots of information on a specific subject and will allow them to learn on the go. 

This specific book will introduce your kids to the geology and geography of the planet Earth.   I don’t agree with everything in the book – more specifically on the creation of the planet and the millions/billions of years comments – but even with these mentions of evolution, I think the book is worth looking into.   If you are like me, you will want your kids to be exposed to both creation and evolution because when they will arrive in high school/college/university, that’s what they will learn.   I want them to understand that different people think differently and have the tools necessary to be able to defend their beliefs.

The book possess four main sections:

  • LAND – In this section you will learn much about world biomes, mountains,volcanoes, volcanic features, rocks, rivers, rivers features, lakes, wetlands, glaciers, glacial features, deserts,forests, grasslands,tundra, agricultural areas, and urban areas.
  • OCEAN – This section highlights all you need to know about oceans: currents, seas, oceans, coral reefs, and coastal features.
  • ATMOSPHERE – This section will provide information on everything linked to the atmosphere – precipitation, cloud types, and storms.
  • CLIMATE – Finally, you will get information on the climate regions throughout the world as well as the global warming.

To conclude the book, you will get fascinating facts about the Earth as well as a glossary and an index.   The book also contains breath-taking photos, graphs, maps and more.  

As I was reading the book, I stumbled on great information on the Yangtze River which apparently has flooded over 100 times in the past 2000 years.  I explored volcanoes and fabulous chain of mountains.   I learned more about the Dead Sea, admire a stunning photo of the tundra, learn more about the currents in the oceans, and discovered the powerful force of a tornado.  Did you know that in 1931, a tornado in Mississippi lifted a train weighing 91 tons (83 metric tonnes) up into the air and tossed it 80 ft. (24 m) away from the track?   That’s powerful!  A tornado usually as a width of 328 ft (100m).   No wonder it causes so much destruction…

This book will help your kids to learn more about the planet where they live.   The Pocket Genius series has eight titles at this point in time: Rocks and Minerals, Animals, Sharks, Dinosaurs, Space, Earth, Bugs, and Ancient Egypt. Other titles comings in 2013 will be Mammals, Horses, Human Body, and Science.

Pocket Genius Earth is available at your favourite bookstore, even and


It is also available on the Kindle.

Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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