How Come?: Every Kid's Science Questions Explained

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For every kid who really wants to know, here is a stimulating, fact-filled, whimsically illustrated guide to the most frequently asked questions about our world, from "Why do stars twinkle?" to "What are hiccups?"--taken from Kathy Wollard's popular nationally-syndicated column, "How Come?"
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Overview

For every kid who really wants to know, here is a stimulating, fact-filled, whimsically illustrated guide to the most frequently asked questions about our world, from "Why do stars twinkle?" to "What are hiccups?"--taken from Kathy Wollard's popular nationally-syndicated column, "How Come?"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563053245
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/12/1993
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Wollard is the author of Newsday's popular "How Come?" column. She has physics and journalism degrees from New York University, and has written about science and health for Self, Scholastic, Popular Science, and Family Fun magazines. A former New Yorker, she and her husband, author Evan Morris, now live in rural Ohio.

Debra Solomon is an illustrator and animator whose short films have won awards at film festivals around the world. She created the animated Lizzie McGuire character for the hit Disney show. She also wrote the award-winning kids' books Oh Brother! and Oh Sister!, and co-authored A Good Friend and 101 Uses for an Ex-Husband. Ms. Solomon lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents


Where did How Come? come from?

Color & Tricks of Light

Why is the sky blue?

Why do the leaves change color in the fall?

Where do rainbows come from?

Why is the color of a flame usually orange?

Why are some oceans green and others blue?

Why do the Moon and Sun seem to change colors?

Where do stars get their colors?

What is the aurora borealis?

On hot days why do we see an imaginary patch of water on the road ahead?

Why do stars twinkle?

Forces & Particles

Why are bubbles round?

Why do drops of water cling to grass?

How come all the planets are round?

How come stars don't fall?

How do scientists know there are such things as atoms?

How small are air molecules?

If solids, like glass and ice, are made of tightly packed atoms, how can we see through them?

How come some atoms are radioactive?

How can X-rays take pictures of your bones?

How come a boomerang comes back?

What causes static electricity in your hair?

How come if your hands are wet and you touch something electrical, you get a shock?

How do magnet attract?

How come scientists say energy can't be created or destroyed?

How come neon glows?

What is the Doppler effect?

How does a rocket move in space, where there is no air to push against?

Is time travel possible?

What happens to an object when it approaches the speed of light?

The Great Beyond

Why do stars form pictures?

Why are there galaxies and how many are there?

What are some galaxy names?

Why is space black?

What are pulsars?

What is a black hole?

If light has no mass, why can't it escape the gravity of a black hole?

Without stars would there be life?

Do scientists still think the universe started with a big bang?

The Solar System

How did the Sun form? In millions of years, what will happen to it?

How does the Sun keep the planets in orbit?

Does the Sun shine on all nine planets?

Is there another solar system besides ours?

Is Venus similar to Earth?

Why is the planet Mars red?

Why does Jupiter have a red spot?

Why does Saturn have rings around it?

Why does Pluto switch orbits with Neptune?

How come the Earth is tilted?

Where do comets come from?

What are shooting stars?

Why do we have eclipses?

Where did the Moon come from?

Where is the rest of the Moon when only half of it is in the sky?

Why are there craters on the Moon and other planets?

Why is the Moon so far away?

What would happen if a big meteorite hit Earth?

How come the Earth never slows down or stops turning?

Our Home Planet

How can you find the distance around the Earth?

How does the Moon cause tides in the ocean?

Is it true that continents move?

How can scientists determine the age of the Earth?

How can dinosaur bones still be on Earth after over 65 million years?

How come the center of the Earth is so hot?

What is the ozone layer? How does hurting it hurt us?

If oxygen is so important to life, then why is the atmosphere only one-fifth oxygen?

How's the Weather?

Why does rain fall in drops?

What makes hail?

How do snowflakes form?

Why does the wind blow?

Does it rain on other planets?

Where do clouds get electricity to make lightening?

Does ball lightening really exist?

Where do tornadoes come from?

At the Zoo

Why do people say cats have nine lives?

Why do some animals have four legs while others have only two?

How can bats navigate in the dark?

How come the black widow spider eats her mate?

Why do spiders spin webs?

Why do dogs see in black and white?

How come giraffes have long necks?

Is a panda a bear?

How did the zebra get its stripes?

Why do some animals hibernate?

Why does fruit get sweeter as it ripens?

How do fireflies glow?

How do bees make honey?

How come some birds can't fly?

Why do penguins have fur instead of feathers?

How can parrots imitate words?

Why are dinosaurs extinct?

If the first land animals were reptiles, how did mammals come to be?

If humans evolved from apes, why don't apes turn into humans?

Why We Are How We Are

Why does skin come in different colors?

What makes our ears ring?

How come we can hear the sound of the ocean in a seashell?

How do fingernails grow?

Why are people's eyes shaped differently?

How come we have two eyes but see only one of everything?

Why do mosquitoes bite people?

Why do people yawn, and why are yawns contagious?

Why do people get seasick or carsick?

What causes claustrophobia and other phobias?

What causes hiccups?

Why does hair turn gray?

Why do people develop wrinkles?

How do we get skin cancer?

How do tears come out of our eyes when we cry?

Why do people have different types of blood?

Why do we have trouble getting to sleep sometimes?

How and why do we dream?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    What every parent needs!

    Finally! Answers to those oh so important but annoying questions every child asks. Now we can give our daughters 'REAL' answers rather than 'Because it just is!' A Must Have for every parent with an inquistive child.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2000

    AUTHOR COMMENT: What makes HOW COME? different?

    What makes HOW COME? different from other kids' science books? First, the questions were asked by REAL KIDS, who have been sending their wonderful letters to How Come? for years: Why is the sky blue? Why do leaves change color in the fall? Why is the Moon orange when it's at the horizon? How did the zebra get its stripes? How come tears come out of our eyes when we cry? and hundreds more. Second, HOW COME? answers each question with the WHOLE story. So kids come away really knowing why cats can survive falls from high places, why greenish-tinted storm clouds are hail factories, and why yawns are so contagious. Every question is illustrated with Debra Solomon's laugh-out-loud-funny illustrations. All of which makes HOW COME? a book that kids AND adults can both enjoy. That's probably why HOW COME? is in its 12th printing, with more than 260,000 copies in print, and a selection of Book of the Month Club.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2000

    This is a great book!

    Just about everything you've ever wondered about science or nature is explained here, everything from where zebras got their stripes to where lightning comes from. And even though it's called a 'young person's book,' each answer is an essay on the subject, long enough to really explain the answer. And the drawings made me laugh out loud.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2015

    Great for older children, teenagers (and adults, too)! What a g

    Great for older children, teenagers (and adults, too)!

    What a great collection of scientific questions are answered in this book! The questions are divided into groups according to their theme, for example there are sections relating to light and sound, weather, outer space, living things, etc. The questions are answered using correct scientific terminology throughout, some of which would need explaining or further investigation by younger or less scientifically knowledgeable individuals. The book is targeted at older primary (elementary) school pupils and all the way up to adults - there is a wealth of scientific knowledge in it, presented in a relatively easy to understand fashion with brilliant illustrations (including humorous cartoons) to help enhance comprehension.

    It doesn’t just answer questions, there is other information included as part of the answers, usually shown in a differently coloured ‘box’. Fast Facts appear fairly regularly throughout the book, giving further concise information relating to the questions being answered. There are also ‘Measure for Measure’ boxes on some pages, showing the equivalent measures mentioned in the answer as metric and imperial measures, so it won’t matter if you measure length in feet and inches or metres . . . mass in pounds or kilograms . . . . or any other combination of measures, this book helps by informing you of the equivalent measure. There are even opportunities to ask other questions of your own and maybe have them answered in the “How Come?” newspaper!

    A very useful book that may well answer questions that some adults would like to ask, too! It could easily be used as a source of information by pupils (and adults) too and some pupils would enjoy reading different sections and finding out the answers, even when not studying!

    Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted January 14, 2015

    Over four hundred pages of scientific facts and informational ti

    Over four hundred pages of scientific facts and informational tidbits are compiled into this fascinating book. It covers just about everything you could think of. Curious kids will love having their questions answered.

    The book dedicates one "chapter" to each question, so you can easily fit one or two in before bed or at dinner time. The writing is engaging, and each question is answered within a couple of pages. There are full color illustrations on almost every page, along with cartoons and jokes.

    If your child likes science or wants to know everything about everything, then this is an excellent book to get. It would also make a fun family read.

    Content: clean

    Source: The publisher loaned me a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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