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Big Book of Tell Me Why Hardcover – 2004

4.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880293179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880293174
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really love this book and have found that children; those that have an ounce of curiosity and/or creativity in them, are quite fond of this one too. This one has been around a few years and is actually three books in one....Tell Me Why Numbers 1, 2, and 3. If I am not mistaken, these books were first published in 1986.

Now there is one VERY IMPORTANT thing to note here. This product page has designated this book as suitable for "Baby through Pre-School." I am not at all sure who came up with that bit of fantasy, but this book is geared more for kids 4th grade through high school. The actually reading level of this thing is at about mid 7th grade level; the same level most adult popular novels are written.

As the books touts on its cover, there are answers to literally hundreds of questions children will ask, or would ask if they knew enough about the subject to ask a question if they did. Those looking for books on a specific subject need look elsewhere as the questions here are rather random in nature and certainly do not cover every subject in the known universe. I had to smile when I saw that another reviewer, at another site, gave this book low marks because his grandson never asked any of the questions found in this book. I shook my head when I saw others give bad reviews because they "could not find anything in this book they did not already know and that in general, they found it all boring. Hmmm. Go figure.

The book is broken down into three general areas. They include Our World, How Things Began, The Human Body, How other Creatures Live and How things are Made.

Each question asked is quite precise:

How big is the universe?
Who invented shoes?
Why doesn't an igloo melt inside?
What is regeneration?
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My Grandson had this book years ago. I gave it away and he wanted it back. Thank you for getting me back in his good graces.!!! The book was in near perfect condition, as was his original copy!
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We had this book as a kid growing up! Loved it. Bought it for my boyfriend because I thought he'd be interested in it. He even finds it interesting and we are grown adults. It's the type of thing you pass down.
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This is a book that my father bought me in parts when originally published (it was in 5 volumes.. some say 6).

The "big book" is a consolidated version of the five volumes, although it does not have all the questions covered in original volumes. Still, it is enough information to get started on a topic a young teenager would be interested in.

I gave it as a gift to a friend's son, but quickly skimmed through the book. Only thing disappointing is the print quality and paper.
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In the days of google and the Internet you might be asking yourself, why this book? Because I had it as a kid and loved it! Now my daughter has it and loves it too. It's a great learning tool, fun and informative. Is it always right? Probably not but it's generally right. It's a wonderful book to get your kids excited about reading!
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Kids nowaday has been asking so many questions and I have been reading the same books while I was a kid.

I am really happy to find this new copy and it is such a nice gift for my cousins.

They enjoy reading it and from time to time, they are talking about it, including educating some other kids while they are talking.
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I expected this to be a book for kids who ask why (like 4yr. olds), but it's a little too advanced for that age group. I would suggest it for 6-7yr. olds. Great book, but too old for my kids. I also find it hard to find each book, it makes it confusing, so I would have preferred to get each seperate book. Just an okay in my book ;)
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I read the Tell Me Why series when I was a kid and was very excited to get this book for my daughter.
The book was not in great condition - at least my interpretation of "Good" was very different from what I received.
Many pages had scribbling with color crayons. The book binding was loose and saggy.
Also the delivery was _very_ weird - the book was sent via USPS - i.e. the postal system (not UPS).
This added essentially 3 more days to the delivery.
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