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The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents)
     

The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents)

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by Gina Misiroglu
 

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Kids ask the darndest things . . . and here are the answers—all in one helpful book!

Anyone who has ever been a kid, raised a kid, or spent any time with kids knows that asking questions is a critical part of growing up. Kids have curious minds and they come up with some very interesting questions. But the truth is adults don't always know the answers.

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Kids ask the darndest things . . . and here are the answers—all in one helpful book!

Anyone who has ever been a kid, raised a kid, or spent any time with kids knows that asking questions is a critical part of growing up. Kids have curious minds and they come up with some very interesting questions. But the truth is adults don't always know the answers. The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents) comes to the rescue. Written with a child's imagination in mind, this easy-to-understand book is a launching pad for curious young minds and a life raft for parents at wits end. It addresses nearly 800 queries with enough depth and detail to both satisfy the curiosity of persistent young inquisitors and provide parents with a secure sense of a job well done. It'll equip every parent for those difficult, absurd, or sometimes funny questions from their kids, 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? Why do dogs bark? Why is the sky blue? Why do people have to grow old? Why do people speak different languages?

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.
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"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

"...the biggest problem for parents with inquisitive children is not knowing the answers. For those times, consider The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents)...."— Boston Globe

"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. There is just the right balance of information to satisfy most youngsters without overwhelming. This book should not be kept on the shelf but rather left out to encourage questions and the seeking of answers."— Children's Literature

"Now...parents have a resource they can reach for when their kids throw a doozy of a question their way"— San Diego Union Tribune

"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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578592197
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
The Handy Answer Book Series
Edition description:
Second Edition, Second edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

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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The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
socraticparenting More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago