50 Burning Questions: A Sizzling History of Fire

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A red-hot feast of fiery facts -- the first book in Annick's new 50 Questions series

If we took the time to examine flames in our world -- fires that have built civilizations, sparked entire religions and literally changed the surface of the Earth -- can you imagine how many questions we would have? The 50 questions in this book may be just the beginning, but they will intrigue and excite young readers.

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Overview

A red-hot feast of fiery facts -- the first book in Annick's new 50 Questions series

If we took the time to examine flames in our world -- fires that have built civilizations, sparked entire religions and literally changed the surface of the Earth -- can you imagine how many questions we would have? The 50 questions in this book may be just the beginning, but they will intrigue and excite young readers.

From "Who's for dinner?" (before mastering fire, humans were more likely to be prey than predators) to "Who were the first firefighters?" (Romans over 2,000 years ago), the amazing questions and answers in this book reveal fire's crucial role in our world.

With a humorous touch ("Who was the first hairy potter?"), Tanya Lloyd Kyi presents fascinating facts alongside innovative activities for kids, like sending breath through a glass jar and playing spy games with a flashlight. Sidebars turn up the heat on the subject, while comical illustrations make for a fun and fiery visual presentation.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
A fun and informative book for anyone fascinated by fire, which means pretty much everyone.
Cape Cod Times
Author Tanya Lloyd Kyi is matchless when it comes to teaching kids about fire, its uses and its abuses.
Booklist - Ian Chipman
In many ways the history of fire is a history of everything, as this cheeky book explains in scattershot, browsable chunks. Broken up into loose chapters, the questions cover how integral fire has been to nearly the entirety of human endeavor, from technology to religion to food to communication. Cleverly, the book even gets into the abstractions of fiery emotions, sparks of social protest, and fire's explosive place at the heart of conflict and war... On each spread, cartoon illustrations work to keep the tone light and a handful of activities reinforce some basic science concepts. All in all, a fun and informative book for anyone fascinated by fire, which means pretty much everyone.
(Best Bets for Children 2010) Ontario Library Asso
OLA Best Bets for Children 2010. Entertaining headings ("Who was the first hairy potter?") and brightly-coloured pages with wacky illustrations introduce the reader to the subject of fire. Well-researched (there's a bibliography) with a wealth of interesting detail, this book is fun and informative. Chapters include both scientific and social aspects of fire in a question and answer format.
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Fifty questions, including, "How do you make a rock transparent?" "How did you dial 911 in ancient Korea?" and "Do raccoons carry fire extinguishers?" and their detailed and unique answers make up the bulk of this flashy resource. The book is the first in the "50 Question" series and readily covers all aspects of fire from ancient times to the present. Writing is crisp, concise, and is sure to the hold attention of middle grade readers with enquiring minds. The format is set up with a short introduction that prepares the reader for more in-depth reading, seven main chapters, a conclusion, and end matter. Chapters are broken into short sections headed by one of the fifty questions. Additional facts are included in side bars labeled "Flash Fact" and enclosed in an illustration of water. Hilarious, cartoon-like illustrations add to the text and give readers more to think about. Several innovative activities that are safe when conducted as directed are included and will "spark" more interest. The activities include how to make an "explosive" chemical reaction, how to play a spy game, and how to make a lantern with a candle. This book is a great resource to use for science lessons and for learning about the history of one of the strongest forces of nature. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554512201
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/22/2010
  • Series: 50 Questions Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,486,157
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Tanya Lloyd Kyi is the author of numerous popular non-fiction books for young readers, including Rescues! She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ross Kinnaird is an illustrator who has worked in London, England, Sydney, Australia, and Hong Kong. He currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

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