Become Earth Wise with I Wish I Knew That: Geography
“Some volcanoes that aren’t in imminent danger of exploding and killing visitors have turned into tourist attractions. Here’s some you can visit…” Uh…could we have a reassuring definition of “imminent” before we book those tours, please?
Learning Geography is learning a lot more than where countries are located on a map. Geography answers questions like “Why are there no monkeys native to Maine?” or “…deserts in Delaware?” I Wish I Knew That: Geography, written by James Doyle, is filled with “cool stuff you need to know” about Planet Earth and all its features (even the bonus features). It explains many of the mystifying things about our planet, as well as what geography is (besides that unpleasant elementary school experience).
A little punny, sometimes wry, author Doyle gives us an amusing crash course on planet dynamics in a mere 139 pages (including the table of contents), and despite it being entertaining, we actually learn things. Most fun are the things we learn about our own patch of Earth. Living in the Appalachian Mountains, you would think I knew they are the oldest mountains in the world and that they extend as far as Quebec—well, I do now.
I Wish I Knew That: Geography takes readers to the ocean floor, the peaks of mountains, the interior of volcanoes, the seven wonders of the world, and nearly every other environment on the planet. It explains how lakes are formed, the power of waterfalls, how to read a map, and so many other things that—as residents of Earth—you’d think all earthlings already knew.
Categorized as “Juvenile/Non-Fiction,” I Wish I Knew That: Geography is an easy-to-read introduction to an unimaginable world—the one we live in, and can be enjoyed by readers of any age. Its “bite-sized chunks” of information satisfy instead of overwhelm, and its size makes it ideal for travel as well as reading in private places located within the geography of your home. I especially recommend it for those who hated or labored through geography in school. It’s clear and concise, encouraging (nearly addicting) the reader to discover more. It’s also a great companion volume to I Used to Know That: Geography (Stuff You Forgot from School).