I Wish I Knew That: Cool Stuff You Need to Know

I Wish I Knew That: Cool Stuff You Need to Know

by Steve Martin, Mike Goldsmith
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I Wish I Knew That: Cool Stuff You Need to Know by Steve Martin, Mike Goldsmith

An Apple a Day Keeps the Low Marks Away!

Have you ever been excited to find out you knew something the other kids in your class didn't? Then just think about how you would feel if you knew hundreds of fascinating tidbits-on everything from art, literature, and history to geography, science, and math-from just one quick-and-easy read crammed with fun and cool stuff you shouldn't have to wait to find out about. With I Wish I Knew That you will speed through science, whiz through history, and take a dip into the classic Greek and Roman myths in no time at all. Inside, learn all about...

  • Classic Reads: A guide to classic children's literature such as Call of The Wild, Anne of Green Gables, The Wind in The Willows, Little Women and Shakespeare.
  • How Land is Shaped and Changed: Erosion, Glaciers, Volcanoes and the world's tallest mountain, largest sea, and longest river.
  • Math Stuff: Jump Into Geometry by learning that the three points of a triangle, whose angles always add up to 180º make measuring more precise.
  • Science at a Glance: The Periodic table which was invented by Dmitri Mendeleyev and beginners' Biology
  • History Stuff: Early explorers, important wars, all the Presidents and British Kings and Queens as well as the names of the countries and their capital cities.
  • Bonus sections include Poet's Corner, Brief History of Music, The World Of Art and Geological Time, In Brief

With I Wish I Knew That you'll boost your general knowledge and jump to the head of the class!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606522981
Publisher: Reader's Digest
Publication date: 05/12/2011
Series: Cool Stuff You Need to Know Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 950,147
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Steve Martin attended Birmingham City University, where he earned a degree in English. Since then, he has worked in education, including 15 years' teaching English in prisons. He currently lives in Rutland, a rural area in the English Midlands with his wife and two young sons. I Wish I Knew That is his third children's non-fiction books, the previous two being The Boys' Book 3 and The Boys' Book of Adventure. He is currently working on a series of modern fairy stories for younger children.

Marianne Taylor grew up on the south coast of England, and from an early age developed an interest in science and natural history. She has a BSc in biological psychology from Sheffield University and became a freelance writer and editor in 2007. Since then, she has written several books, mostly on natural history subjects, and lives in Kent, England.

Mike Goldsmith, Ph.D., studied astrophysics at Keele University, where he earned his PhD, and is a freelance research scientist. He has written several books for children and lives in Teddington in England.
Steve Martin is one of today's most talented performers. He has had huge success as a film actor, with such credits as Cheaper by the Dozen, Father of the Bride, Roxanne, Parenthood, L.A. Story, and many others. He has won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for his comedy albums. In addition to his bestselling novel The Pleasure of My Company and a collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, he has also written a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He lives in Los Angeles.


Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1945

Place of Birth:

Waco, Texas


Long Beach State College; University of California, Los Angeles

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I Wish I Knew That: Cool Stuff You Need to Know 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have learned so much. Did you know that D stands for 500
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a highlyy recomended book:)love it
firstFT More than 1 year ago
This is a great book from steve martin.
eninaj More than 1 year ago
Who would have thought that Steve Martin would be able to help my students and my own kids with so much! This book is written in a way that not only makes it enjoyable, but it is filled with information that we would never remember as a kid! Buy this for that child (or adult) who has everything and needs to know so much more!
HMY More than 1 year ago
I Wish I Knew That by Steve Martin, Dr. Mike Goldsmith and Marianne Taylor is a book that will put you in front of the class. This book contained the following subjects: - Classic Reads - How Land is Shaped and Changed - Math Stuff - Science at a Glance - History Stuff - AND MORE! Get an overview of children's literature classics like The Wind in the Willows or Call of the Wild. Learn about the world's tallest mountain, largest sea and longest river. Get a refresher in geometry. Find out more about Dmitri Medeleyev, creator of the periodic table. Learn about early explorers, get the main points from important wars, and have a list of all the countries and their capitals. Between this book and "I Used to Know That" I liked this one a little better. It had some really neat information that would be useful to teachers and parents alike. This is one I would add to a school library collection. But it's not something I would read again unless I was looking for particular information.