Weird but True! 5: 300 Outrageous Facts

Weird but True! 5: 300 Outrageous Facts

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Presenting all-new, brain-bending facts and eye-popping illustrations on science, animals, food, space, pop culture, geography and everything else imaginable. 

Did you know lemons can power light bulbs, or that some goats and climb trees? - In this title are 300 more outrageous and unbelievable facts like these in fifth installment of the Weird But

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Presenting all-new, brain-bending facts and eye-popping illustrations on science, animals, food, space, pop culture, geography and everything else imaginable. 

Did you know lemons can power light bulbs, or that some goats and climb trees? - In this title are 300 more outrageous and unbelievable facts like these in fifth installment of the Weird But True series, Weird But True! 5.

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Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
Brightly colored pages containing random facts fill this flashy book. On a single spread, the reader learns that a mall in the Middle East makes snow for an indoor ski resort, the word "robot" first appeared in a play in 1929, and that adults, on average, tell 11 lies every week. The strange combinations of facts are presented with many photographs, infographics, and varying sizes and colors of text, working together to create a visual treat. What is troubling about this book, however, is that none of the facts are substantiated or documented. This particularly causes problems for claims such as the one above about lying adults. Although there is an extensive six-page index at the end (the first entry is "Adults, bad behavior"), and the photos are all credited, there is nothing giving context to the information, much less any reference to where the information comes from or the research methods used. Although attractively presented, the information feels like a series of non-sequiturs. This series is based on the "Weird but True" department of the National Geographic Kids magazine. This is a one-page feature that typically opens the magazine. On only one page the lack of substantiating information would not glare as much as in a book containing 300 of the random facts on nearly 200 pages. As such, this book is fun to thumb through, but will require substantial thought and creativity for usage in any educational context. Reviewer: Raina Sedore

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426311246
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
06/11/2013
Series:
Weird but True Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
164,430
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 6.42(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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