Have some sparkle and shine with my fourth of five recommendations for MG holiday non-fiction shopping:
61VeVzyMi-L._SX384_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgBling isn’t just the shiny ring on your finger or the fancy extras at a party. It’s everything that shines and amazes. Keep your sunglasses handy as the bright, in your face pictures burst off the pages. Nine chapters run the gamut from Ritzy Rocks to Lavish Lights. In between you’ll find Extravagant Animals, Super Splurges, and Magnificent Money to name a few.

The photos come with background text, explaining the connection to our world. They provide meaning to the color and also might encourage young readers to explore the topic even more.

I opened the book on a coffee table and leaned over for the splashy visual feast. It’s also  a perfect lap book, whether your middle grader is passing the time in the back seat of your car or on the couch during a holiday break.

There’s is so much to admire in the big book like the every chapter feature—7 Flashy Facts About… (Dazzling Diamonds, Glamorous Goods. A-List Accessories, Splendid Spending, Nice Ice, Amazing Armor, Big Ticket Travel, Sparkling Space, and Bioluminescent Bling). You’ll be amazed at what you didn’t know.

All that glitters is not gold is the old saying, but the treasures found in THE BIG BOOK OF BLING are all valuable feasts for the eyes and brain. Here’s the official scoop from National Geographic Kids:

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.

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  1. Oh, this sounds really interesting! Ha, ha! All the sparkles isn’t gold. Bling is so much more! Thanks for sharing.

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