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Why?: The Best Ever Question and Answer Book about Nature, Science, and the World around You
     

Why?: The Best Ever Question and Answer Book about Nature, Science, and the World around You

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by Catherine Ripley, Scot Ritchie (Illustrator)
 

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Everyday activities such as taking a trip to the park, splashing in the bathtub, or fixing a snack prompt many questions from young children. Why is the sky blue? Why is soap so slippery? Why do cows moo? Curious kids want to know, and adults never seem to have the answers. Why? provides easily understood explanations of dozens of everyday mysteries. This

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Everyday activities such as taking a trip to the park, splashing in the bathtub, or fixing a snack prompt many questions from young children. Why is the sky blue? Why is soap so slippery? Why do cows moo? Curious kids want to know, and adults never seem to have the answers. Why? provides easily understood explanations of dozens of everyday mysteries. This delightful book takes readers to the supermarket and the park, around the home and onto the farm, and from bath time to bedtime. Bright, playful illustrations are a perfect complement to the text, adding a further level of explanation.

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Publishers Weekly
Catherine Ripley quenches kids' thirst for knowledge in Why? The Best Ever Question and Answer Book About Nature, Science, and the World Around You illus. by Scot Ritchie. Under the category "Supermarket Questions" comes an explanation of why some eggs are brown and some white ("It depends on the type of chickens that laid them"). "Outdoor," "Bathtime" and "Farm Animal" questions sections are also included. Bright, cartoonish and often humorous illustrations help demonstrate the answers. ( Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
So just exactly why is the sky blue? "Ummmm...," or the conversation ending "I don't know" are typical answers to this and other questions of the pre-school pack. If you're not up to bending your brain around trying to figure out the simple explanations to satisfy your youngsters, let this book do it for you. The answers are not highly technical but are solid enough to provide sufficient information to pacify the inquisitive mind of a typical 3 to 4 year old. The book is broken down into six parts or chapters, each concentrating on a particular everyday theme such as bath time or supermarket questions, for example. Each section answers twelve common questions related to the theme. The theme-related illustrations are appealing and colorful but not overwhelming. Overall, this is a good sturdy book with helpful information. Includes a contents and index page. 2001, Owl, $19.95. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Trina Heidt
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-What child hasn't wondered about how the fizz gets in soda, why the sky is blue, and innumerable other questions adults cannot always answer? Ripley responds to some of these everyday inquiries without patronizing readers or oversimplifying information. Six sections divide the queries into types: supermarket, nighttime, outdoor, kitchen, etc. Each category is introduced with a picture of a family doing something that might stimulate the questions addressed within the chapter. For example, they go to the fair, buy groceries, cook dinner, and engage in other activities to which most children will relate. The double-page spreads that follow feature a large-print question and its boxed answer superimposed over a colorful illustration. Cartoon drawings portray young, lively children of diverse ethnicities. While some of this material has appeared in Ripley's Why Is Soap So Slippery? (1995), Do the Doors Open by Magic? (1995), Why Do Stars Twinkle? (1996), and Why Do Cows Moo? (1998, all Owl), additional questions have been added and the pictures are new. A useful, interesting, and enjoyable read.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897066171
Publisher:
Owlkids Books
Publication date:
09/09/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

If there is such a thing as an expert on kids' questions, it would be Catherine Ripley. As a former editor of the award-winning Chickadee magazine for young children, Catherine began collecting questions submitted by curious readers. She continued through visits to various schools and libraries, turning her talent for making science fun to all the great questions kids could come up with. Catherine is also the author of Two Dozen Dinosaurs (Owl Books).

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Our 4 year old loves this book and we love to read it to him.