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Big Questions from Little People: And Simple Answers from Great Minds Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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Illuminating and essential, Big Questions from Little People is a timeless gift, a handbook for curious children and their perplexed parents.
Many of the questions children ask in the course of growing up can stump even the best educated adult: Why can't I tickle myself? Are we all related? Who named all the cities? Do aliens exist? What makes me me? Is it okay to eat a worm? Who invented chocolate? If the universe started from nothing, how did it become something? How do you fall in love? Who is God? How do chefs get ideas for recipes? Why are some people mean?
This charming and informative collection has been compiled from schoolchildren's actual questions, which are answered by the world's greatest experts, including Mary Roach, Richard Dawkins, Philip Pullman, Bear Grylls, David Eagleman, Philippa Gregory, Noam Chomsky, and Mario Batali.
About the Author
Gemma Elwin Harris is a freelance writer and editor who has contributed to Time Out, Glamour, and the Sunday Times. A graduate of Cambridge University, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her young son and two very curious nieces inspired this book.
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Of course my daughter loved reading about why our wee is yellow, she got a great kick out of that, but what really got her excited were the questions about where we come from and what we are made of, she's very pleased to know we are all stardust!
I really liked that the experts who answered the agenda didn't have an agenda or an axe to grind. They were simply focused on giving the most scientifically or philosophically correct answer they could without adding their prejudice or personal opinions.
I strongly recommend this book for every parent who wants to deepen their relationship with their child while stretching the bounds of the child's (and often the parent's) intellect.
This is a must have book for every parent and grandparent!
I can't think of anything better.
Apparently the teacher had heard my daughter and another child discussing one of the many questions in there and wanted the whole class to participate, so my daughter handed her the book and it has now become a weekly section of their class, the school has also ordered a few more copies for other classes.
I must say that it is the best 16 dollars I have ever spent! I will say that some of the questions will be for older kids than 8, so the material should cover ages 6 to 12 or 14.