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Posted July 4, 2005
This is a zippy, zany, and utterly fact-packed compendium that's equally appealing to a ten year old, a teenager, or a reader of Harper's Index or Scientific American. Rosen has used a minute as a net to capture hundreds of the most peculiar and startling and goofy and asounding things that can happen in 60 seconds. From the number of gallons of sea water oysters in the Chesapeake filter in a minute to the number of spins a championship skater can execute in a minute, from the number of squirts in a minute of cow-milking to the speed of the fastest tennis serves on the court--this encyclopedia is a 'round-the-clock survey. How many inches down can a razor clam dig in a minute? (10). (Plus there's a little bonus math fun so you can calculate exactly how long it will take you to dig to China.) How many times do Ian Thorpe's freestyling arms swing around in a minute of swimming? (69) How many drops of sweat drip from your body when you're working hard? (96) What's the speed of fans 'doing the wave' at a stadium? (1,200 seats per minute) WIth the minute glass that's included with the book--along with dozens of kid-appealing tests to try at home--this book is perfect for speed readers (100 words per minute), the speediest reader of all (3,850 words), or us average readers (250 words). Every page is packed with a fact, a laugh, and a great illustration. This book makes every minute count.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.