The book starts with the introduction of the continents of the world and ends with the lakes of the world. The book takes us on a ride where we can experience many beautiful things around us. Every chapter of the book is as thrilling as the title is. In the first chapter we come to know how the continents of the world came into existence and Australia is home to Monotremes—these are mammals that lay eggs. The second chapter explains how for the sake of administrative and political purposes continents are divided into smaller landmasses called countries. The fact that Australia is the smallest continent which includes only 3 countries whereas Asia which is the largest continent in the world includes 51 countries is highlighted. It is also amazing to know that we belong to the world’s largest continent.
In the third chapter the author has made an attempt to explain about the oceans of the world with the Pacific Ocean being the largest while the Arctic Ocean is the smallest and shallowest ocean. Each chapter makes one want to go on to the next to glean more and more information about the world we live in. For instance, did you know that the Ural is the oldest mountain range in the world? The Ural covers two countries, Russia and Kazakhstan. The best part of this book is after reading each chapter you can imagine yourself taking a ride around the world. The thing which I liked the most in the book is we kept on moving from countries to oceans, from oceans to forests and from forests to waterfalls and so on.
We have had experience of different kinds of weather, sometimes hot and at times extremely cold. In the seventh chapter the author illustrates the example of the Mojave Desert in North America which is the hottest desert in the world whereas the Gobi desert in Asia gets as cold as -40c! The book also shows us how diverse our planet earth is. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. And if you love travelling, then pack your bags and get ready for a thrilling ride with the author.
Samiya Keen is a student of B.A.Hons (Political Science) at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.