BIG Book of What? Features 801 Facts Kids Want to Know for Ages 8 and Up
Do you ever drive somewhere and get the question from the back seat: “Mommy, how does electricity work? How do you make tires? What are clouds made out of?” …. I hear questions like this all the time from my almost 5-year-old boy. This little man’s mind is wired to figure out how things work, why are things a certain way, or what are random stuff made out of. He asks questions like this on regular bases and he stores information like a hard-drive. Occasionally we stumble over a question that I don’t know the answer to: we were at a wedding a few months ago and we discussed how organs work. I explained the basic principal behind the instrument … then he turned to me and said ‘okay, but how does the air go from the keyboard to the pipes?” (it was one of those free standing kind that was placed in the center of the sanctuary with the pipes all around the front wall) Ummm … I drew a blank and had to come home and look it up. The Big Book of What? is the most perfect book for my boy because it answers questions like this and encourages him to think more and deeper about things he sees and learns about every day.
The 192-page book, packed with more than 250 colorful photos and diagrams, bring words to life, informing and engaging young readers. TIME For Kids’ high quality visuals, as well as clear, concise and child-friendly explanations, help kids ages 8 and up discover answers to questions covering various topics spanning twelve chapters. Topics and questions, such as:
· Animals – What is a Kookaburra?
· Space – What is a Solar Eclipse?
· Weather & Climate – What is the Driest Place on Earth?
· Food – What is Poutine?
· Survival – What If You Come Across a Snake?
· Sports – What is the World’s Most Popular Sport?
· History – What is a Ghost Town?
· Holidays & Festivals – What is Mardi Gras?
· Mysteries – What Was the Roanoke Colony?
· Inventions – What is a Boomerang and How Can You Make Your Own?
· The Future – What Will We Be Eating for Dinner?
Our whole family loves this book. We sit around during breakfast time and read amazing new stuff that help our minds wake up. The other day we read about boomerangs and we ended up making and testing out new toys still in pajamas. I am a teacher so as an adult I am greatly enjoying the topics and the questions under each theme. Many science questions include an activity that you can make from basic items found in your home, which makes this book interactive and encourages scientific exploration.
I was raised with book: my parents spent a lot of money on beautiful colorful hardcovers and encyclopedias that I could get lost in for hours. Today, we look everything up on the internet and I miss having the simple pleasure of just popping a book open and reading away about random interesting snips of things. Since we received this book, I have seen my son sit round more often; looking at pictures and getting even more ideas for his questions.
This book makes a great gift for anyone with a curious mind or just to have it on your coffee table for those times when your mind is hungry for new things to ponder about.
The BIG Book of What? (Time Home Entertainment Inc.; June 5, 2012; $19.95) is available at www.timeforkids.com/bigbookofwhat and retailers nationwide.
Orshi is a teacher at UCIC where she works daily with children. She shows a great love for children as she has three of her own. She also loves Facebook, gardening and baking. She was born and grew up in Hungary and now lives across the street.
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