The Book of How?: And Other Questions Asking How?

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Ever wondered how bubbles get into fizzy drinks? Or how we know what the dinosaurs looked like? And just how many ants can an anteater eat? This book answers a wide range of ‘how?’ questions and provides further information with fun-filled facts. Appealing artworks help explain the answers, allowing children to build up their knowledge on a variety of subjects

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Overview

Ever wondered how bubbles get into fizzy drinks? Or how we know what the dinosaurs looked like? And just how many ants can an anteater eat? This book answers a wide range of ‘how?’ questions and provides further information with fun-filled facts. Appealing artworks help explain the answers, allowing children to build up their knowledge on a variety of subjects

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School Library Journal
Eye-catching and informative title that explain[s] such things as how bats see in the dark and why soap makes bubbles. . . . Supportive "Did you know..." text boxes accompany each response, providing supplementary fun-filled fact. Children will find the silly characters in the illustrations amusing and appreciate how well they enact the subject matter. . . . Educators can use [it] as trivia [a] guide for enrichment activities in general science lessons.
 
Library Media Connection

Inquiring minds will enjoy reading these Q&A texts and perhaps learn some science along the way. . . . Teachers could use these questions as discussion starters or journal entries. Students could research the answers to practice library skills.

Kirkus Reviews
Designed for short attention spans and impulse buys, this sourceless, authorless (Jo Connor is listed on the copyright page as originator of the concept) Q&A poses and answers a variety of science queries in no discernible order ("How did ancient Egyptians preserve their dead? How quickly can you sail around the world? How hot is the Sun?"), adding a tangential factish aside to each. Bryant's stylish cartoon illustrations, mostly colored in green and yellow, incorporate the text in bubbles and boxes and feature a rotund little Pikachulike creature, popeyed humanoids and the occasional animal falling, floating, bounding by or posing in a comical way. The answers range from general to simplistic ("How do things appear on TV?" rates a mention of broadcast TV only, accompanied by an image of a '60sstyle console) to outright wrong-no, astronauts don't float in space because Earth's gravity is too weak, as claimed in the companion Book of...Why? (9780753463963). A closing glossary and pop quiz don't make these empty calories any more intellectually nourishing. (Informational pop tarts. 811)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753463987
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Series: Questions Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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Illustrated by Ray Bryant
Concept by Jo Connor

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