The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents)

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Overview


As a launching pad for inquisitive young minds and a life raft for parents at wits end, this collection addresses a critical part of being a kid: asking questions. A wide variety of questions are answered, such as Is there life on Mars? Do rivers ever dry up? Why are there wars? Is there such a thing as a funny bone? What is DNA? Having this nearby will equip every parent for those difficult, absurd, or sometimes funny questions from their kids.
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Overview


As a launching pad for inquisitive young minds and a life raft for parents at wits end, this collection addresses a critical part of being a kid: asking questions. A wide variety of questions are answered, such as Is there life on Mars? Do rivers ever dry up? Why are there wars? Is there such a thing as a funny bone? What is DNA? Having this nearby will equip every parent for those difficult, absurd, or sometimes funny questions from their kids.
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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
Visible Ink has been publishing the Handy Answer books for over a decade now and they have been a favorite in both school and public libraries. This informative resource will suit public and school library users well.
From the Publisher

"The biggest problem for parents with inquisitive children is not knowing the answers. For those times, consider [this book]."  —Boston Globe

"Parents . . . can reach for [this resource] when their kids throw a doozy of a question their way."  —San Diego Union-Tribune

"Of strong interest for any parent who wants to arm their child with general knowledge."  —Children's Bookwatch

"A great little reference book, filled with pictures and charts and other visual delights. The questions are a lot of fun, ranging from the profound Who is God? to the trivial How does a vacuum cleaner pick up dirt?"  —Superfastreader.com

"Having this nearby will equip every parent for those difficult, absurd, or sometimes funny questions from their kids. The book is well organized with tabs marking each section for easy reference."  —pageturners-underthecover.blogspot.com

"I'd judge it as a perfect book for an audience of curious children ages eight to thirteen or so, and the parents of children who like to ask questions."  —lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com

"Visible Ink has been publishing the Handy Answer books for over a decade now and they have been a favorite in both school and public libraries. This informative resource will suit public and school library users well."  —American Reference Books Annual

Children's Bookwatch
Of strong interest for any parent who wants to arm their child with general knowledge.

lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com
I'd judge it as a perfect book for an audience of curious children ages eight to thirteen or so, and the parents of children who like to ask questions.

superfastreader.com
A great little reference book, filled with pictures and charts and other visual delights. The questions are a lot of fun, ranging from the profound Who is God? to the trivial How does a vacuum cleaner pick up dirt?
pageturnersunderthecover.blogspot.com
Having this nearby will equip every parent for those difficult, absurd, or sometimes funny questions from their kids. The book is well organized with tabs marking each section for easy reference.
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Part of a series of "Answer" books, this unusual and interesting book in its second edition helps parents answer, authoritatively, the wacky and wonderful questions that young children can ask. Divided into ten areas of interest that include "Outer Space," "Creatures Big and Small," "Politics and Government," "Daily Life," "Math," "Measurement, and Time," "All About My Body," "People Around the World," "Plant Life," "Planet Earth and Our Moon" and "How Things Work," each area contains the questions a child might ask, followed by a paragraph explaining the answer. Questions may be as nebulous as "Where Does Food Come From?" to ones that may interest parents as much as their children, such as "Why is the Ozone Layer Important to Earth?" There is just the right balance of information to satisfy most youngsters without overwhelming. Occasional color photos and graphics enhance understanding but the emphasis is on the printed word. Nearly 800 questions are answered. An extensive index and sources for further study are included. This book should not be kept on the shelf but rather left out to encourage questions and the seeking of answers. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578592197
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: The Handy Answer Book Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 855,549
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Gina Misiroglu is the author of several books, including The Handy Politics Answer Book and The Superhero Book. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

For More Information 277

Index 281

Outer Space 1

Mysteries of the Universe

Planets and the Solar System

Our Sun and the Stars

Comets, Meterors, and Asteroids

Exploring Space

Planet Earth and Our Moon 21

The Blue Planet

The Moon

Up in the Sky

Clouds and Storms

Hot and Cold Days

Big Mountains, Deep Holes

Water, Water Everywhere

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Going Green

Creatures Big and Small 49

Dinosaurs and Ancient Life

Amazing Animals

Bug Zoo

Fish and Sea Creatures

Reptiles and Amphibians

Birds

Plant Life 79

Plant Basics

Seeds and Growth

Fragrant Flowers, Beautiful Blooms

Poisonous, Meat-eating, and Other Extreme Plants

Ferns, Mosses, and Mushrooms

Trees

Plants that Help and Heal

People Around The World 105

Lots of People!

Languages and Cultures

City Life

Farm Life

Politics and Government 125

Countries

Wars

Governments

American Government

U.S. State Facts and Trivia

How Things Work 143

Nuts and Bolts

Buildings

Moving on the Ground

Flying High

The Water Highway

Communications and Electronic Devices

Pictures, Lights, and Lasers

Handy Things around the House

Math, Measurement, and Time 179

Numbers and Counting

Weights and Measures

Calendars and Telling Time

All About My Body 197

Bones and Joints

Muscle Power

My Building Blocks

Blood

Organs

Hair, Skin, and Nails

My Senses

Eating and Drinking

Sickness and health

Disabilities and Substance Abuse

Daily Life 231

Home Life

Families

Pets

Going to School

Serving My Community

Internet Safety

Bicycle Tips

Other Safety Tips

Tough Questions: Divorce, Death, God

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

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    One of more than a dozen books in the Invisible Ink Press &ldquo

    One of more than a dozen books in the Invisible Ink Press “Handy” series, The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents) by Gina Misiroglu features 800 questions with 100 color photographs and illustrations in ten chapters: Outer Space; Planet Earth and Our Moon; Creatures Big and Small; Plant Life; People around the World; Politics and Government; How Things Work; Math, Measurement, and Time; All about My Body; and Daily Life. From “Why is the ocean salty?” and “Where does the water from my toilet go?” to “”How do airplanes fly?” and “What causes people to pass gas?” this book provides substantive answers to typical questions curious children ask every day.

    Designed primarily as a reference volume with an index, the book is nevertheless engaging enough to read simply for pleasure on any topic of potential interest. The real value of the book lies in the breadth of the questions and the depth of the answers. Some questions seem unlikely to be posed by children (“How is the earth like an onion?” or “Which tree was used in the fledgling shipbuilding industry?”), but the vast majority are consistent with a child’s imagination and the answer parents would like to be able to give on most subjects.

    Questions of faith (“Where do people go after they die?” and “Who is God?”) are answered generally, reflecting the beliefs of multiple world religions. One subject where all parents might appreciate some child-friendly answers is missing completely: The word “sex” appears nowhere in the text or index. In response to the question “How did my life begin?” Misiroglu writes, “Each person begins life as a single fertilized cell.”

    The book never claims to have all the answers, just lots of handy ones. That it does. It’s an excellent resource for parents and middle-grade readers.

    Laurie A. Gray

    Reprinted from the Christian Library Journal (Vol. XIV, No. 6, December 2010); used with permission.

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