Don't Know Much About Planet EarthFall 2001 Non-Fiction
Readers desiring depth of information or instruction will not find it here. However, Don't Know Much About the Planet Earth is an entertaining offering of fun facts and trivia. For example: Do compass needles point north in Antarctica? (No). How green is Greenland? (Not very. It's mostly covered with ice). Who (or what) were Australia's most unruly immigrants? (Rabbits. They were first introduced in 1859 and within fifty years had multiplied like, well, rabbits). Is the Dead Sea Dead? (Yes. But, technically it's a lake, not a sea).
Surprisingly, there aren't many maps in this book about geography, and that may be a weakness. Nevertheless, this title does encourage students to understand that geography is more than just the study of map making; it also includes the study of how people "shape -- and are shaped by -- the shape of the world." Don't Know Much About the Planet Earth is entertaining reading, but it's definitely Science Lite.