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"A stirring invitation to leap, dive, soar, plunge and thrill to the natural world's wonders and glories." --Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question kids get asked over and over. But very few connections are made for kids between the present and the future. This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents "A stirring invitation to leap, dive, soar, plunge and thrill to the natural world's wonders and glories." --Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question kids get asked over and over. But very few connections are made for kids between the present and the future. This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents to a future career or interest. And in so doing, it also encourages adventure, exploration, and discovery, three core principles of National Geographic's mission. It's a celebration of possibility--so simple and so profound. Jumping in puddles can inspire scuba diving. Dirty hands can lead to dinosaur bones! Backyard star-gazing inspires future astronauts. Perfectly selected photos make the connections compelling and the future real for kids, then rich back matter brings the message home with inspirational quotes from the real-life adventurers pictured in the images. Grown-ups won't be able to resist sharing this inspirational message with kids, and kids won't be able to resist the invitation to let their imaginations run wild.


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"A stirring invitation to leap, dive, soar, plunge and thrill to the natural world's wonders and glories." --Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question kids get asked over and over. But very few connections are made for kids between the present and the future. This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents "A stirring invitation to leap, dive, soar, plunge and thrill to the natural world's wonders and glories." --Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question kids get asked over and over. But very few connections are made for kids between the present and the future. This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents to a future career or interest. And in so doing, it also encourages adventure, exploration, and discovery, three core principles of National Geographic's mission. It's a celebration of possibility--so simple and so profound. Jumping in puddles can inspire scuba diving. Dirty hands can lead to dinosaur bones! Backyard star-gazing inspires future astronauts. Perfectly selected photos make the connections compelling and the future real for kids, then rich back matter brings the message home with inspirational quotes from the real-life adventurers pictured in the images. Grown-ups won't be able to resist sharing this inspirational message with kids, and kids won't be able to resist the invitation to let their imaginations run wild.

30 review for The World is Waiting for You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    The world is waiting for you to seek, to find, to know, to explore, to learn, to grow. “Explorers and scientists never lose their sense of wonder, never stop asking questions, and always keep looking for answers.” “The greatest discoveries come from confronting your fears, taking a chance, and not being afraid to make a mistake. Mistakes are often the best lessons in life.” Be curious. Be you. The world is waiting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This book will inspire you to grab your passport and start working on your bucket list! Photos of kids playing in the dirt, splashing in water and climbing trees lead to adults digging up dinosaur bones, scuba diving with dolphins and mountain climbing. Also, I have never before imagined a cave of crystals so large that men can crawl over them like I-beams. In the back of the book, captions explain each of the National Geogrpahic photos. So now I know that I need to add "spelunk the Cave of Crys This book will inspire you to grab your passport and start working on your bucket list! Photos of kids playing in the dirt, splashing in water and climbing trees lead to adults digging up dinosaur bones, scuba diving with dolphins and mountain climbing. Also, I have never before imagined a cave of crystals so large that men can crawl over them like I-beams. In the back of the book, captions explain each of the National Geogrpahic photos. So now I know that I need to add "spelunk the Cave of Crystals in Mexico" to the bucket list! Great for kids interested in science and nature and exploring the great big world.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lady

    Of course the full color photographs are as stellar and captivating as one would expect from National Geographic. Even in its brevity, Ms. Kerley's text motivates readers of all ages to be creative, courageous and curious while seeking out their passion, creating new opportunities, appreciating each "teachable moment" and exploring all that life has to offer to the fullest. This would make a beautiful graduation gift for middle school, high school, college, beyond...and definitely "coffee table Of course the full color photographs are as stellar and captivating as one would expect from National Geographic. Even in its brevity, Ms. Kerley's text motivates readers of all ages to be creative, courageous and curious while seeking out their passion, creating new opportunities, appreciating each "teachable moment" and exploring all that life has to offer to the fullest. This would make a beautiful graduation gift for middle school, high school, college, beyond...and definitely "coffee table worthy". (Smile)

  4. 4 out of 5

    CharityJ

    The most amazing and adventurous, "Oh the Places You'll Go" type book I've ever read! Simple text illustrated with full-page adventure photos of the kind that National Geographic does so well. As an adult, I was inspired after reading it. Works as a read aloud and would make a great gift book for any kid (or kid at heart), graduate, coffee table book or get it for yourself to have when you need an inspirational shot in the arm. The most amazing and adventurous, "Oh the Places You'll Go" type book I've ever read! Simple text illustrated with full-page adventure photos of the kind that National Geographic does so well. As an adult, I was inspired after reading it. Works as a read aloud and would make a great gift book for any kid (or kid at heart), graduate, coffee table book or get it for yourself to have when you need an inspirational shot in the arm.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Outside your window is a world waiting for you. What do you want to do when you grow up? Do you want to explore? To go on adventures? To discover new things? This book show how they things you like to do are also the things that adults like to do. Do you like to jump in puddles? Well, maybe that is the beginning of a career in scuba diving!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Ruigrok

    A book to inspire children to take a chance, have an adventure and explore the world. With simple text and beautiful photographs.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heydi Smith

    A spectacular photographic honey pot. This would go great for an “oh the places you’ll go” sort of Storytime. National Geographic does not disappoint.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    Another visually gorgeous book from National Geographic, this book ties together what kids do at a young age with what they can become as an adult. The book invites children to get out into the world and explore. After all, if you love getting wet, you could become a diver. Love digging in the mud? You could be an archeologist. Love looking at the stars? Climbing trees? Digging into deep holes in the ground? All of these and more are skillfully tied to careers in a book that is less about gettin Another visually gorgeous book from National Geographic, this book ties together what kids do at a young age with what they can become as an adult. The book invites children to get out into the world and explore. After all, if you love getting wet, you could become a diver. Love digging in the mud? You could be an archeologist. Love looking at the stars? Climbing trees? Digging into deep holes in the ground? All of these and more are skillfully tied to careers in a book that is less about getting children to buckle down and more about getting them to open up and fly. Kerley’s prose reads like a poem, each line designed as an invitation to be themselves and get into things that they love. Even better, those same thrilling things are tied to life as an adult, offering options for turning their passions into careers. Yet this book does not dwell there, instead it is a cornucopia of ideas, one after another meant to inspire thought and dreaming than to instruct on specific jobs. As always in National Geographic books, the illustrations are crisp and colorful photographs. Here readers will see children out in nature, interacting and loving it. The images are from around the world and are filled with joy and motion. At the end of the book, details on each image are given. Bright, colorful and filled with inspiration, this is a career book that children will find thrilling. Appropriate for ages 4-8.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    The World is Waiting for You by Barbara Kerley is a book that asks the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and connects that idea to very real possibilities by showing paths from what they love to do now, to what careers those activities could later include. The vivid images of people doing these activities can encourage research, adventure, exploration, and discovery. The World is Waiting for You takes simple pleasures like jumping into puddles on a rainy day, and connects that i The World is Waiting for You by Barbara Kerley is a book that asks the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and connects that idea to very real possibilities by showing paths from what they love to do now, to what careers those activities could later include. The vivid images of people doing these activities can encourage research, adventure, exploration, and discovery. The World is Waiting for You takes simple pleasures like jumping into puddles on a rainy day, and connects that image to a photograph of people scuba diving, it connects getting outside and dirty to searching for dinosaur bones, and watching the stars in the backyard to being an astronaut. While most of us that have a childhood obsession in something; such as dinosaurs, art, books, science, etc, we rarely connect those joys to the related professions and follow through with the education and exploration that could make those dreams happen. I think the combination of simple ideas and text combined with vivid photography just might inspire some kids to follow through and pursue the job of their dreams. I recommend The World is Waiting for You for public and school library shelves. The text is highly accessible, the message one I want my kids to receive, and the photography perfectly stunning. A book that could be the key to inspiration for all ages.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Noel Tomlinson

    The World is Waiting on You doesn't really have much of a plot. It almost sounded like an inspirational speech that someone was giving to get up and go explore the world. It has beautiful pictures that were taken by professional National Geographic photographers of places from all over the world doing all sorts of adventurous activities. This book is very cute, and to be quite honestly inspired me to go outside (but then I realized it was raining outside and more homework to do). The photographs The World is Waiting on You doesn't really have much of a plot. It almost sounded like an inspirational speech that someone was giving to get up and go explore the world. It has beautiful pictures that were taken by professional National Geographic photographers of places from all over the world doing all sorts of adventurous activities. This book is very cute, and to be quite honestly inspired me to go outside (but then I realized it was raining outside and more homework to do). The photographs that were taken in this book were truly amazing. It showed us that there is far more out there than we could ever imagine. I would use this book as an introduction to a geography lesson, showing the students various places around the world giving them an idea that there's more to this world than where they live, and there's things to explore right outside your door.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    There's a big world out there, just waiting for people to explore it. There's wonders under our toes, farther than we can see, and deeper than we've ever been before. Going outside and playing in the mud can lead one to the oldest dinosaur ever discovered. Swimming down a river can take you shooting down rapids of rivers that have carved ancient canyons. Gazing at the stars can bring you to floating in space above the earth, one day. Be curious, be adventurous, explore and wonder - there's a big There's a big world out there, just waiting for people to explore it. There's wonders under our toes, farther than we can see, and deeper than we've ever been before. Going outside and playing in the mud can lead one to the oldest dinosaur ever discovered. Swimming down a river can take you shooting down rapids of rivers that have carved ancient canyons. Gazing at the stars can bring you to floating in space above the earth, one day. Be curious, be adventurous, explore and wonder - there's a big world waiting for you. Great photographs and descriptions of modern explorers in the back.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Celebrating the spirit of exploration, so appropriate for a National Geographic title, the images in this book blend the mundane--muddy hands and climbing a tree(unfortunately maybe rarer these days)with much more far-flung adventures--space walk,anyone? May encourage kids (and their parents) to pursue that walk on the wild side.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I enjoyed the real-life photographs of children and adults in scenic and adventurous places. However, the text was unoriginal and like that from motivational posters. This is not a storybook, rather a book to see nice pro photos and feel a little inspired.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Watson

    The photos in this book are stunning. The sparse text lets them do all the talking; the goal of the book is to inspire kids to explore and experience the world around them and I think that spirit is well captured in the book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenni Frencham

    The photographs are great. The story, though, doesn't really exist. This seems to be one of those picture books people get for high school graduation, similar to Seuss's "Oh, the Places You'll Go." The photographs are great. The story, though, doesn't really exist. This seems to be one of those picture books people get for high school graduation, similar to Seuss's "Oh, the Places You'll Go."

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kkakaliouras

    A beautiful reminder that the world is full of possibility.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Would be a great graduation gift if you're looking for something other than Oh, The Places You'll Go. Would be a great graduation gift if you're looking for something other than Oh, The Places You'll Go.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Loved the beautiful pictures and powerful messages this book is about. This would encourage readers to explore, take risks, challenge themselves, and to try.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Kahn

    Gorgeous photographs plus text meant to encourage and inspire.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    From National Geographic, amazing pictures and encouraging words.

  21. 4 out of 5

    June

    Beautiful photographs encourage children to explore.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    An inspiring and motivating book that will make you want to get up and move. Rich photographs.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    Amazing photography. Great message.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

    Brilliant children's picture book about exploration and taking chances. The photographs are breathtaking; some gave me chills! Excellent, inspiring book. Brilliant children's picture book about exploration and taking chances. The photographs are breathtaking; some gave me chills! Excellent, inspiring book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Awesome pictures. Awesome message. I will definitely be adding this to my bookshelf in the near future.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Fun book with interesting photos encouraging natural exploration and adventure.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    Illustrated with fantastic photographs from National Geographic photographers, this book tries to inspire the reader to go outside and explore, in settings both mundane and amazing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Nice book, appropriate for PK-1 probably.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Mattmiller

    Love that each series starts with young kids and becomes adults.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cathy | A Case Full of Books

    Pretty awesome pictures (because...National Geographic), sub-par text.

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