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Feast your eyes on the most briliant bling from around the world in this opulent opus, celebrating iridescent animals, things that glitter and glow, a wealth of shiny wonders, and more lavish luxuries from our planet.
Did you know that with its 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies the British imperial state crown weighs more than a guinea pig? Or if you have $3.5 million to spare you can buy a solid gold toilet? Or that there’s a cave in Mexico containing giant crystals that are as long as a school bus?
From upscale splurges to flashy fun in nature, this treasure trove is filled with wonders that will dazzle and delight. Read about how nature struts its stuff with tantalizing tidbits about animals, including a few that literally glitter with iridesence to confuse predators. Or maybe you’ll strike it rich after reading about Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, U.S.A., where anyone can go hunt for sparkling gems. Dig into info about the world’s mysterious minerals, gorgeous geodes, and ritzy rocks. Discover extravagant expenditures like Canada’s million-dollar solid gold coin. Learn all about the splendid science of diamonds that rain from the sky in space. Get the secret behind glowing bioluminescence. And go back in time to uncover palatial palaces, the riches of royalty, and other ancient treasures.
To show off the lush content in proper fashion, readers will be dazzled by hundreds of fun flashy photos throughout.
Story Locale: Worldwide
A NEW TWIST ON A FUN FAVORITE: Colorful gems, rocks, and minerals and, of course, amazing animal content always perform well with National Geographic Kids readers.This book brings a fun and fresh perspective to these fascinating topics.
FOR FANS OF ULTIMATE WEIRD BUT TRUE! AND BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW: This series expands on our winning formula of fun facts creatively presented.
WORTH THE SPLURGE: This book is a great value and makes a splashy gift for birthdays and holidays!
HUNDREDS OF FLASHY PHOTOS: Features tons of amazing and eyepopping National Geographic photography that shimmers and shines.
COOL BLINGY COVER features foils and shimmering treatments to add sparkle and appeal.
EDU-TAINMENT AT ITS SPARKLIEST: Kids will marvel over the incredible info on palaces, animals, splurges, and more—and they won’t even know they’re learning!
PAPER OVER BOARD HC format.
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“Bling is all around us,” the author writes. Maybe so…but rarely is the razzle-dazzle this cranked up.Should come with a cautionary note: sunglasses a must!“ — Kirkus
”If it grabs your eye, sparkles, twinkles, or shines anywhere in the universe, you are likely to find it discussed in this book…The reader will find a great many fascinating subjects from rocks, history, science, splurges, lights, and beyond. Young readers will enjoy looking at the pictures, and more advanced readers will find fascinating tidbits to share with their friends. I recommend it for elementary and middle school libraries." Recommended —School Library Connections