Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels

After enjoying geography as a child and wishing for years that he could travel the world, Richard Halliburton made his career of traveling and writing. He wrote two excellent books for children, Richard Halliburton's Book of Marvels: The Occident (1937) and Richard Halliburton's Second Book of Marvels: The Orient (1938). These were combined to form Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels, which was published posthumously and includes an appendix telling the story of his final voyage with quotes from his journals.

In these books, Halliburton imagined--with a little use of historical fiction and some stories of his past experiences in each place--that he was traveling the world with all the children who would go with him through his books. He begins with the Transbay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge and finds his way around the world--Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Popocatapetl, Rio de Janeiro, Gibraltar, Reims Cathedral, Vesuvius, Blue Grotto, Moscow, Ephesus, Halicarnassus, Pyramids, Knossos, Mecca, Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Bagdad, Babylon, Taj Mahal, Mount Everest, The Great Wall and many more of the world's greatest marvels.

A look at the Amazon reviews will show how intensely his writing affected young readers from years ago.