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How the World Works: Know It All, From How the Sun Shines to How the Pyramids Were Built

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How the World Works: Know It All, From How the Sun Shines to How the Pyramids Were Built

 

HOW THE WORLD WORKS: KNOW IT ALL, FROM HOW THE SUN SHINES TO HOW THE PYRAMIDS WERE BUILT is an incredibly useful educational tool with stunning illustrations.  It is organized into chapters that cover earth and space, prehistoric life, life and the natural world, science and technology, and history. Each chapter has a table of contents so readers can go directly to an area of interest, such as volcanoes or the way mummies were made.

When you see the book, you have to pick it up. The cover is colorful and interesting—it immediately captures your attention. The cover has a picture of one of the pyramids, a cheetah, the earth and a satellite. The book is set up in a fun and enticing style that is accompanied by vivid artwork. I like that each page has a main idea with information and a picture to go with it. The main idea is set up in a question and answer style that grabs the reader’s attention. Each page also has graphics with more explanations, many of them highlighting close-ups and details. For example, one graphic shows the inside of an eye, detailing which part of the eye focuses on an object, how the pupil adjusts to light and how the retina collects the image.

Open the book and a whole world can be explored from how a star is born to how optical illusions work, from how an ancient civilization begins to how a computer game is developed.

Open the book and a whole world can be explored from how a star is born to how optical illusions work, from how an ancient civilization begins to how a computer game is developed. Through pictures and text, children can gain an understanding of how and why the world works the way it does.

Children can be very curious (mine are usually quizzing me before my morning coffee kicks in). I get questions that can range from how does a computer work to how did a megalodon shark become extinct. I don’t always have the answers, so it’s wonderful to have a resource to look up information covering a wide range of topics. Also, I found it useful that the author listed worthwhile websites and books where you can look up more information.

The book covers many topics that children are exposed to at school. Children can take their own time to explore those topics by picking up this dynamic book. When this book arrived at my doorstep my children and I immediately opened it up and flipped through it. We started reading and discussing the topics. I recommend having this book because it satiates children’s intellectual appetites.

Best-selling author Clive Gifford has written hundreds of fiction and nonfiction books, including DISCOVER THE EXTREME WORLD, SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW THE SIMPSONS and TEENAGE KICKS. To learn more about the author visit his website www.clivegifford.co.uk. The website provides information about his background, his latest works and the kid’s section is filled with quizzes and fun facts.

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Purcell on December 12, 2013

How the World Works: Know It All, From How the Sun Shines to How the Pyramids Were Built
by Clive Gifford