Monday, July 11, 2011

Little Kids' First Big Book of Why

Shields, Amy. 2011. Little Kids' First Big Book of Why.Washington, DC: National Geographic.

A fun book for several reasons, the First Big Book of Why asks many of the great questions that occur to children, but grownups never ponder.  "Why can I see myself in a mirror?" "Why do the stairs seem to disappear on an escalator?" "Why does the moon change shape?" 

In addition, it's a great title to booktalk or share on school visits.  Just read a few pages and kids will want to know more.

And, it's a great browsing book.  Just leave it out and someone will find something interesting inside.

The questions are highlighted by large font in colored text boxes and the pages are brightly colored with photos of kids and the things which keep them wondering. The answers are short and sweet with bold font for the most important points,
Why does Grandma have wrinkles?
Skin grows and stretches as you grow from baby size to adult.  When you've been an adult for a while, skin stops growing and stretching.  It gets a little tired and a little less elastic.
The lines you make when you smile today are where your wrinkles will be when you are old.  A lifetime of laughter helps your skin wrinkle very nicely.
Nicely put!

Although this is a great browsing book, it is divided into four themed chapters, Amazing Me, How Things Work, Animals All Around and Wonders of the World.  In addition to the questions and answers, there are scattered text boxes and insets with interesting facts and experiments.  Little Kids' First Big Book of Why has a Table of Contents, a Glossary (albeit a very small one), Parent Tips, and Additional Resources.

Want to know why doughnuts have holes and why your toes get wrinkly in the tub?  You'll have to read it to find out! Nonfiction fun for lower elementary school grades.

Yes, it's Nonfiction Monday again and today's roundup is at proseandkahn.

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