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5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) (National Geographic Kids) Hardcover – Illustrated, August 14, 2012
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"From 15 peanut butter facts that stick and 50 furry facts about bears to 100 facts about oceans to make your head swim, this big, colorful, packed-to-the-brim compendium is sure to fascinate, entertain, and be a source of great conversations to everyone who takes a look." --ReadKiddoRead blog
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- ASIN : 1426310498
- Publisher : National Geographic Kids; Illustrated edition (August 14, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781426310492
- ISBN-13 : 978-1426310492
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 1060L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 2.95 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.55 x 0.85 x 12.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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This was on the first page I looked at, and as I looked through the book, there were also other questionable topics presented as 'Facts" to kids.
I am returning this book.
With that said we also have come across subjects that have not been age-appropriate and maybe not at all appropriate for certain households. There was a section about necromancy, ouija boards, haunted houses, palm reading, tarot cards, and the likes. There also have been other sections where we had to use the power of distraction or skim over some things for the kids. Not sure why or how these random subjects happened to find themselves in this book but they are there. Most of the book is great and has interesting content about animals, nature, senses, etc. I'm just writing this review to give other parents a heads up about this too.
As an example, look at the facts about sharks. It is so much information, with so small font, that I feel like I am reading a prescription drug disclaimer. Yes, fact 33 about sharks, "Port Jackson sharks use their flattened teeth to feed on shellfish and sea urchins" might be a very interesting fact for other people, but by the time I get to that line I really could not care less. Fact 39, "Far more people are killed each year by dogs, elephants, and bess than by sharks!" is way more interesting. I probably would have preferred that fact to have way more space, and a picture of a puppy next to a shark. Now I would be entertained!
Not every page is like this, though. As a good example, the "25 Red Hot Facts" page shows mixture of small facts that are interesting and well illustrated. Knowing that the Sahara is almost as big as USA is definitely interesting. And call me simple, but having a picture of the desert enhances the whole feeling of reading the book.
I think I would have preferred this book to be "500 awesome facts" and have just a selection of facts, with better illustrations. Overall, I still rate it 4-stars just due to the effort they put to collect all the information, and just the massive amount of information on it; but I would like if I said we read it often.
This book was so much fun. I thought that it would actually be perfect to get for my dad because he is a trivia buff. Excellent book for old and young alike!!! Would definitely purchase again.
I had a mom thank me for the gift a few weeks after giving it because she said that the book made her boy excited to read!
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But she browsed through its once or twice and refuses to pick it up since.
Too much text and a lack of funny graphics I suppose.