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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books) Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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Another negative review said the information is shallow and gave this example: "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?" Well, I think is a very good answer for the audience the book is intended for. Why are some animals big and others small? Because there are all kinds of animals in the world, some big and some small. I think it's a perfectly valid answer. If your kid needs more information you can teach him about evolution for an hour if you want. You have to understand the purpose of this book is having a lot of questions and a lot of content. If they start going deeper into answers then that means less content. I rather have more questions with simple answers than a few questions with 3 pages of an answer.
Finally, another reviewer seems to be confusing this book for something else and tries to show the "inaccuracies" but only comes off as a trying to display his knowledge of things. We get it, you know how to use wikipedia, guess what? This is a book for "KIDS", if you want to show off how much you know why don't you review a PHD book on physics?
This is a great book with tons of content and my kid loves it. It's not perfect, but that's why you're there as a parent.
Another issue I have with 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 entertainment from a scientific scope.
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 ›
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The pictures and easy to understand facts make this a great book for kids. It is not overly technical and written to keep kids interest and in a way they can understand. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Tink
Very impressed with National Geographic books, beautiful illustrations with clear explanations.Published 1 day ago by Laurie Cresswell
My daughter loved it... it's simplicity did served it's intended purpose, which was to assist her with a school project. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Michael S.
Its very interesting book i would say for 5-6 years old. Not older, my daughter loves pictures and simple stories from there, but i cant say its actually give you a normal answer... Read morePublished 4 days ago by me
Such great educational books for kids. Got these for my nephews and they loved them!Published 4 days ago by pretty winter
Great book! Perfect for my three year old who is always asking why?Published 10 days ago by Brandon Smith