This educational globe is a beautiful addition to any young child room. With its internal illumination, the globe functions in two modes. When the light is off, the globe displays a political map of Earth with clear country borders, bodies of water, and more. The right level of detail is depicted so as to not be overwhelming to a young child. More than 150 illustrations of animals, plants, landmarks, and cultural objects are printed on the globe in their geographically specific locations. When the internal illumination is switched on, a different set of illustrations appears on the globe, including nocturnal animals. It also makes a great nightlight! The globe is ten inches in diameter and made of durable acrylic that resists dents and scratches. A 32-page, full-color manual contains an exciting illustrated story as well as explanations that invite you to discover interesting things on the globe. The globe plugs into standard wall outlets and has an on-off switch on the cord.