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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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“Highly photographic and playful, this big book is an adventure in exploration and will make long car rides seem like a quick trip around the corner!” –Woman of Many Roles blog
About the Author
Amy Shields is a longtime editor of National Geographic books who is known for her work in children's literature. She has written several popular titles, including Little Kids First Big Book of Why and numerous installments for the National Geographic Readers series. Shields lives in upstate New York with her beloved dogs, Jenny and Toby.
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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.
The thing that irks me most about this book is the "what's wrong" spread at the end of each chapter. I would expect National Geographic to be able to manipulate photos better, but it is just a random assortment of crazy things that don't belong. I find it horribly irritating, but to be fair, my 5yo enjoys it.
All in all, it's an okay book, but not their best. It wouldn't be on the top of my list.