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Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest - Steve Jenkins This was another book in which Steve Jenkins makes some unusual, science-y topic accessible to children. I was really rather surprised at how well my niece and nephew engaged with Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest, because this is a book that I probably would not have found all that interesting as a child. Jenkins does a remarkable job of giving kids lots of visual aids that help them process the information in this book, and much to my surprise, the kids actually used these visuals and found their understanding enhanced. Lots of places were covered, and each of us found some bit of information to be fascinating. The kids were elated to learn that Mount Rainier in our home state is the snowiest place on earth, and they were even more impressed when they realized that they've actually been there and had a snowball fight with some of that snow! So from our point of view, Jenkins did a great job of taking us around the world, and then leaving us again in our own back yard.