The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems; Rachel Ignotofsky
I’m a huge admirer of books by Rachel Ignotofsy, her reads are packed full of information and are beautifully illustrated. The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth is another superb non-fiction read that explores the planet and the special ecosystems that it supports with Ignotoksy as expert guide…
Planet Earth, a place full of wonderful animals, people, flora and fauna. A careful balancing act ensures that everything can co-exist and thrive. But it only takes a minor adjustment to disrupt these delicate ecosystems and things go drastically wrong. Climate change and the actions of humans are constantly threatening to tip the scales but perhaps you can help…
Ignotofsky takes readers on a tour across the continents to explore the many and varied ecosystems that exist around the world. Mountains, rainforests, oceans, deserts, steppes, mangroves, savannahs, forests, taigas and tundras are all visited and each are examined in detail. After the global tour, Ignotofsky explains various cycles of nature including carbon, nitrogen and water before moving on to looking at humans and their impact on the environment.
Igntofosky presents a wonderfully informative look at how everything is connected and how things are dependent on one another. We learn that a careful balancing act enables these ecosystems to thrive and survive and that many are under threat from climate change and the impact of humans. There are many suggestions throughout the book as to what needs to be done to protect the planet and specific pages at the end provide further information on climate change and how we can all help to protect the planet.
Generous double page spreads feature general overviews, fun facts, biggest benefits and greatest threats. The stand-out feature is the artwork, with single pages devoted to stunning illustrations of the various ecosystems that capture the tiniest of bacteria to the apex predators. Diagrams, flow charts and maps all help to convey important information to the reader. The book is heavy on information and is definitely suited to those with a keen interest in understanding the workings of the world. A delightfully detailed and illustrated glossary will be welcomed by readers, Ignotofsky uses plenty of ‘big’ scientific words and never does her writing dumb things down. Readers will find a comprehensive list of resources that Ignotofsky used in creating this book should they wish to carry out further reading or research.
Ignotofsky makes the science of the Earth interesting and entertaining and expertly joins all of the dots together. Will definitely be a hit with science loving kids, budding conservationists and future ecologists.
Recommended for 10+.