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The Big Box of Bright and Early Board Books About Me Adapted for babies and toddlers from Dr. Seuss's Bright and Early book line, each of these books is filled with rhymes and clear, colorful illustrations. See more | More Seuss
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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why may be intended for preschool (precocious little ones, certainly), but I would say that it's not at all too simple for ages 6-10. In fact, it will pique curiosity and engage 1st - 3rd graders until they are ready for the almanac put out by National Geographic Kids. I love the format, the very questions your curious child asks and the clear, enthusiastic explanations. In no time you will have a little professor on your hands amazing you with his/her new expertise. - Biblio Reads Children's Book Review
This book is so fun, so fresh, so colorful, and so jam-packed with helpful information. I find that this group of National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books (Animals, Why, and Dinos) does "reference" for preschoolers in a way that really respects their need for information, while still keeping the books lively and on level. We love them all, and my kids could pore over this book for hours, especially the funny Why Not pages, where they can identify what's wrong with the picture. I learned a lot too. Now I know why skin wrinkles in the tub!
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My kids' grandparents gave them this book. One of the first sections we read what "what's special about me?" In listing information about humans, such as type of animal (mammal), species (Homo sapien), it then says "Food - Carnivore". No, humans are omnivores. That may be a minor distinction to you, but it was a sign to me that the book is sloppily edited.
I haven't read much of the rest, as I'm wary of more incorrect information in a book that is supposed to help me teach my kids about the world.
I guess just read it with your kids if you want to be sure they are getting correct information!
I got the book from the library to decide weather or not get it for my 3,and 6 years boys. On the first look, I was really delighted by the fonts, pictures and the whole layout of the book, but when I started reading it I was really disappointed. The in formation is very shallow, could have gone much deeper. Some question do not even have answers like this one, " why some animals are big and some are smalls?" the answer " life happens everywhere it can on this amazing planet. life comes in every size, shape and color" ???!! what kind of answer is that? nothing about LIFE CYCLE, adaptation?!
Another issue I have against this book is that in many pages the text would be expressed by a better pictures than the ones placed. For example, " why do we have belly button?" I felt that page should have a photo of a baby in a uterus with umbilical cord coming out of his tummy, would have explained the text in a better way.
The book has some nice things though. I liked how in every section there is some sort of an activity or an experiment for the little ones to try out " funnel phones, bubble making, floating test". Also after each section, there is a page of " Why not" of things that CAN'T be like this, which my boys really liked.
Overall, the books fails its educational purpose for me, but still nice for entertainment from a scientific scope.
This book is attractive and engaging. However, in some places, it is sloppy, and in others just plain incorrect:
1) Skin does not wrinkle due to water seeping into skin: it's actually a nervous system response (people with reattached digits do not have wrinkly skin). This is a fairly recent, cool discovery, so I'll give them a pass on getting this wrong.
2) "Why do I have dreams and nightmares?": the answer given is that your brain is still active and makes movies of a jumble of experiences. The brain is active all night, but dreams only part of the night. There are various hypotheses for the reasons dreaming happens (i.e., to help organize thoughts), but as far as I know there is no consensus on the answer yet. It IS clear, however, that it's not a simple consequence of the brain being active.
3) There's a diagram accompanying a discussion of how toilets work (explanation given is gravity moving waste out of the home). There's a cross section of a house with pipes, and a red arrow shown going down from the level of the toilet out. However, the only pipes shown are inflow pipes (water leading to a hose, faucets, shower, etc): the outflow pipes (drains, bottom of toilet, etc.) aren't shown. The diagram implies that water flushed out a toilet ends up in your garden hose.
4) "Some dinosaurs could fly and some could swim": Pterosaurs could fly, mosasaurs and plesiosaurs could swim, but these weren't dinosaurs (but it's a common mistake, one worth being careful not to perpetuate). Birds are a kind of dinosaur, and some of them can obviously fly and swim, but readers aren't going to think of birds, they're going to think of pterosaurs.Read more ›
We gave this book to my son for his 6th birthday and read a few pages each night until we'd read the entire book. It was full of fun things that kids find interesting and some that I didn't know (like why are flamingos pink?) that were fun to learn together. My 3 year old enjoyed hearing it also. We've bought another copy for my nephew who is turning 5. Very fun book.
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