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Many of the straightforward yet tricky questions children and young teens pose are addressed right here. This browsable compendium is divided into 5 chapters of approximately 30 pages each—Earth and Space, Prehistoric Life, Life, Science and Technology, and History—with each chapter containing 12 to 15 ordinary questions on a bold, busy, and colorful two-page spread. Each of these spreads contains specialized information; bright, action-filled backgrounds dominated by schemata or paintings; and intricate diagrams and text boxes wherever appropriate. The information is detailed yet rarely overwhelming. As an added bonus, the author has included a list of websites and books for further information at the end of each chapter, which offers ease of use for readers who wish to explore a specific topic in more depth. A superb book to have on hand when a student asks a question beginning, “Why does . . . ?” Grades 4-8. --J. B. Petty

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Natural curiosity about scientific topics flourishes in an environment where asking questions is encouraged. Discovering answers through experimentation and research fosters additional questions. Throughout this process teachers may be faced with a flurry of scientific questions ranging from life science to technology. How the World Works by Clive Gifford provides a resource to feed this boundless curiosity. . . . With curiosity fully fueled, the reader is encouraged to investigate any of the topics at web sites provided at the end of each chapter or through further texts referenced on each topic. How the World Works provides a broad base of information that will encourage that next question, encouraging the next generation of scientists.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753471191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753471197
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 9, 2014
My third grader and I found this at our public library and are impressed at the layout and content. Though not quite comprehensive, this KIngfisher "How the World Works" attempts to explain the processes and systems underlying the many facets of the world The book is divided into five sections: Earth and Space, Prehistoric Life, Life, Science and Technology, and History. There is an Index at the back of the book for easy cross-referencing.

I find the book to be well-organized and visually-appealing which made this an interesting book for my daughter. She enjoyed learning about the various ways things work, both natural and man-made. Here's a listing of the processes covered in chapter one:
Earth and Space
How Was Earth Formed?
How Do The Continents Move?
How Do Earthquakes Cause Tsunamis?
How Do Volcanoes Erupt?
How Do Mountains Rise And Fall?
How Do Clouds Form?
How Does A Hurricane Begin?
How Do Coral Reefs Form?
How Are Deserts Created?
How Does The Sun Shine?
How Is A Star Created?
How Do Stars Die?

The various charts, diagrams, and color photographs help children understand things better, and enable them to grasp concepts that may seem abstract or difficult. Highly recommended for personal, school, and public library collections.
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My daughter and I read a few pages of this book each day and found it to be a wonderful review of her Earth Science text book from last year; a nice revisit to hopefully help with retention. There is also a section that covers the human body which we are currently learning about in Life Science. In short this would be a great book for 6th grade and higher to assist with science curriculum or for review.
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