OMG, you guys! This book is just so stunningly beautiful, gorgeous, and lovely that you won’t be able to stop reading. You need to soak up all the beauty that this book offers. (Click on the images to get an even better look.)
This book features a ton of national parks all over the US. From Yosemite to Denali to Death Valley. Most I already heard about, but mostly by name, and thanks to this book I discovered a few new national parks that I definitely need to see more of, so I will be finding maps and photographs real soon through google. But the parks that I already knew were still fun and interesting to read about. To see when it was founded, or to read about phenomenons happening or weather stuff.
The book is separated in several parts, East, Rocky Mountains, Central, Southwest, Alaska, West, Tropics, and then that is again split up in National Parks in those specific parts. Each part gives us a map and points us to several parks or notable events or notable people. And then we get a gorgeous illustration introducing us to a certain park from that area/part, and then another 2 page spread with all that you can find there. Animals, weather, history titbits, about humans living there, grasses/plants, and much more. There are illustrations all over the place and a small bit of text to go with the illustrations. I loved the illustrations, but I have to say that the text was also well written. Not in a boring matter-of-fact way, but in a fun way that really makes you want to know more (and so I have browsed google a few times when I wanted to know more). And I learned quite a few new things from reading this book. Like that sand around coral is generally poop as there is one kind of animal that eats coral and poops it out as sand (ewwww).
It is, as expected from the subject, US-centred, but I had a bit of a laugh at the last note in the book. Yeah, sure, let me just go outside to a national park in the US. Or go out to the mountains (what mountains?), tundra (we don’t have that I believe), deserts (um…). Oh, I can visit the beach, though I am sure that is no way as spectacular as those in the US. 😛 And until someone makes teleportation a thing, I am not going to be able to go to the US/national parks there. A trip to the US isn’t cheap. Oh well, there is always google, and we have some national parks here (though not as varied as the US ones are).
The illustrations, oh boy, guys those are just too gorgeous. I just love their style, and I just can’t stop looking at them. Even now, after I finished the book, I still am looking back at some pages with big heart-eyes.
All in all, READ THIS ONE! You won’t be disappointed. This is one book you need to have in your collection, I know that when I get the chance I will be buying it on Amazon as well. This book needs to be on my shelves.