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I Wonder Why Records Are Broken and Other Questions about Amazing Facts and Figures
     

I Wonder Why Records Are Broken and Other Questions about Amazing Facts and Figures

by Simon Adams
 

The biggest, highest, fastest, slowest, smallest, loudest, farthest . . . The superlatives related to how records are created and broken are some of the most fascinating to children. Kids will discover how records are measured and recorded in the fields of human achievement in history, engineering, sports, and space travel, as well as in the amazing world of nature

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The biggest, highest, fastest, slowest, smallest, loudest, farthest . . . The superlatives related to how records are created and broken are some of the most fascinating to children. Kids will discover how records are measured and recorded in the fields of human achievement in history, engineering, sports, and space travel, as well as in the amazing world of nature.

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“This is a nice addition to the genre, with easy-to-read text and an interesting variety of illustrations.” —Children's Literature
Children's Literature - Naomi Butler
This book is full of lively answers to all those tricky questions about how the world works. It is jam-packed with fascinating facts about record-breaking figures, from "Which hurricane blew the hardest?" to "How much does the biggest baby weigh?" The "Contents" is a listing of all of the questions in the book. Its first page tells when a record becomes a record, why we keep records, and why records are broken. There is a nice "Index" in the back that will help one identify the question and where it is located. There is even a "Key to Measurement" that will help us understand also about degrees, mileage, weight, and temperature. Countries are designated with helpful hints representing them. There are also maps. The book is so attractive and appealing that it will also be very popular for the person with reading problems. The text is also large print. It should certainly be a part of all elementary and maybe middle school collections as well as public library collections. Reviewer: Naomi Butler
Kirkus Reviews
The latest entry in a long-running series aimed at short attention spans gives record-keeping and -breaking a quick once-over. Accompanying short answers to questions about extreme weather ("Which hurricanes blew the hardest?"), earth science ("Which river is the longest?"), animals ("Which shark is a gentle giant?"), human records ("Can you jump like a flea?"), astronomy ("Which planet is king?") and other topics, the illustrations mix unexceptional but brightly colored painted scenes done in a realistic style with small, goofy cartoons. An index provides a veneer of respectability, but so much of the content is either inane ("Where do angels fall?" You guessed it: Angel Falls) or oversimplified ("only 4.4 people live in each square mile of Mongolia") that this is best used for quick, casual dips only. (Nonfiction. 8-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753462911
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
08/04/2009
Series:
I Wonder Why Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Simon Adams was an editor of children's reference and nonfiction before becoming a full-time writer.

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