Monday, December 21, 2009

The Handy Answer Book for Kids

Product Description taken from the Visible Ink Press website:

Kids ask the darndest things . . . and here are the answers---all in one helpful book!

Anyone who has ever been a kid, raised a kid, or spent any time with kids knows that asking questions is a critical part of growing up. Kids have curious minds and they come up with some very interesting questions. But the truth is adults don't always know the answers. The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents) comes to the rescue. It addresses nearly 800 queries with enough depth and detail to both satisfy the curiosity of persistent young inquisitors and provide parents with a secure sense of a job well done.

Written with a child's imagination in mind, this easy-to-understand book permits kids to help themselves because it's organized by simple topical chapters: Outer Space; Planet Earth and Our Moon; Creatures Big and Small; Plant Life; People around the World; Politics and Government; How Things Work; Math, Measurement, and Time; All about My Body; and Daily Life. Each question posed is given a complete and satisfying answer, going beyond "because" and "it just is" and "I don't know."

· Why do dogs bark? · Why is the sky blue? · Why do people have to grow old? · Why do people speak different languages? · How does my body know to wake up when morning comes?

About Gina Misiroglu

Gina Misiroglu is a fourteen-year veteran of the West Coast publishing industry, specializing in the development and editing of popular culture, reference, and women's studies titles. Misiroglu has edited and developed hundreds of books in her publishing career for a number of presses, including Price Stern Sloan/HP Books, New World Library, Lowell House, Visible Ink Press, Macmillan Reference USA, and Adams Media Corporation. Misiroglu is the author of Girls Like Us: 40 Extraordinary Women Celebrate Girlhood in Story, Poetry, and Song (New World Library, 1999), winner of the New York Public Library's "Best Book for Teens" Award, and Imagine: The Spirit of Twentieth-Century American Heroes (New World Library, 1999).

This is a great reference book to have in the house. My sons have asked me dozens of questions I don't know the answer to over the past couple years but the most recent one I was able to find the answer in the Handy Answer Book for Kids. Owen asked me about dinosaurs and since I know basically nothing about dinosaurs I looked it up. Perfect. I especially appreciated the kid-friendly language the book uses- it made giving my son the answer even easier.

I read through a bunch of the book and was able to tell my sons some fun facts that I never could have come up with on my own! I think both of my boys will enjoy this book a lot once they can read a little better. This is definitely a book all school libraries should have and it is perfect for those inquisitive kids out there!

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