Secrets of the National Parks: Weird and Wonderful Facts About America's Natural Wonders

160p. Sterling. Nov. 2016. Tr $8.95. ISBN 9781454920045.
Gr 3–5—Weintraub provides a host of statistics, historical stories, and other fun details about U.S. national parks in this pocket-size volume. Simple but engaging passages are interspersed with fact lists, quizzes, and word searches to engage readers. The illustrations are colorful and abundant. The information is organized into brief chapters that center on a particular topic or theme: "On the Trail," "Animal Hideouts," "Underground Mysteries," etc. This topical organization keeps students focused on the concept of the parks as opposed to jumping from one locale to another.
VERDICT A fact-filled and enjoyable introduction to the U.S. National Park Service.

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