(StatePoint) For young and old alike, books make great holiday gifts. To wow your favorite readers this season, consider the following titles, which will allow them to become armchair explorers, travel back in time, or even take an inner journey to learn more about themselves.
• Send your loved one on a global journey that explores the innovations and ingenuity of the world’s most iconic structures with “Man-Made Wonders of the World.” Featuring breathtaking images, this celebration of the world that humans have built over thousands of years features the history, architecture and stories behind the Golden Gate Bridge, the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramid of Giza and more.
• From orchids to opals and lichens to lizards, “Wonders of Nature” profiles 100 animals, plants, rocks, minerals and microorganisms. Vivid photography, illustrations and storybook descriptions let readers of all ages discover their myths, legends and facts.
• Jetsetters will get a lot out of “Where to go When: Unforgettable Trips for Every Month,” the ultimate vacation planner, showcasing the most amazing places in the world and the best time of year to see them. Combining narrative with photography, the book brings to life over 100 destinations across the globe -- including Costa Rica’s rainforests, the clouds in Nepal, Croatia’s cypress-clad islands and the saw-toothed crags of Canada’s Rocky Mountains.
• Steeped in the wisdom of the Vedas, “A Yogic Path Oracle Deck” by Sahara Rose, is a tool to access one’s yogic intuition. Each card represents aspects of the self, symbolized by sacred figures and concepts that are integral to yoga and Ayurveda. Illuminated with ethereal artwork by Danielle Noel, the cards provide insight into the present and guidance for the future, unlocking a deeper understanding of self. The accompanying full-color guide provides complete descriptions of each card as well as suggestions for working with the deck.
• Great explorers have one thing in common: a desire to leap into the unknown, no matter how dangerous that might be. In “Explorers,” an exciting non-fiction storybook for children, readers venture into steaming jungles in search of lost temples, fight off frostbite in the Arctic and blast off into space as they meet famous explorers. From Ferdinand Magellan’s first circumnavigation of the world to Barbara Hillary’s treks to the North and South poles while in her seventies, this book documents the trials of those who rewrote our understanding of the world. Cross-sections reveal the amazing detail inside Spanish galleons, lost cities and spaceships, hand-drawn maps reveal intrepid journeys in great detail, and photographs highlight the artifacts and relics found along the way.
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This holiday season, give the gift of discovery with books that allow readers to expand their knowledge of the world.
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