A highly popular and long-running series that explores the questions that young readers ask about the world around them in an unrivalled child-friendly style. The conversational format is perfect for delivering solid information in a natural, amusing and imaginative way.
I Wonder Why Penguins Can't Fly by Pat Jacobs takes a look at the coldest places on Earth – the Poles. Readers will learn about animals that live at the Poles, such as polar bears, penguins and seals; and also discover how plants survive at the Poles, why the polar ice caps are in danger of melting, and how scientists gather important information about the climate and more in the harshest environment.
About the Author
PAT JACOBS has written over 50 nonficton, reference, and activity books for children on subjects ranging from dinosaurs to the future of space exploration. Pat has two grown children and lives with her husband in rural Suffolk.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This thin little book packs a big punch. Although it is recommended for K-3rd grade, I did find that some of the concepts would be way beyond the level of a five year old. Some actually confounded me, like why are there 4 poles on Earth? I am still not sure. The thing of it is, in the right hands, this book can give the child's curiosity a gift. If it can be aroused with the help of a supervising adult, a true interest in science can grow from the "I Wonder Why" series. The pages are filled with information, in some cases far too much for a 5 year old and in some cases a bit scary for a five year old. The sight of a large bird carrying off a smaller live one to be eaten by its young, can be more information than is necessary for a young reader. However, an older reader can be inspired to do further research to learn about the concepts that are introduced and perhaps not fully understood. These books can develop a thirst for knowledge in the right readers of any age. A young reader definitely needs to be supervised since the concepts used in the book, would necessitate it for most. An older reader should also devour this book with an adult who can answer any questions that might arise. As I said, it is filled with information that is introductory and begs to be explored. I found the arrangement of information on the page somewhat disconcerting, but the illustrations were excellent. It can be a wonderful educational tool from which to branch out to wider horizons.