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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Time for Kids Big Book of How

Author: Editors of TIME For Kids
Source: Goodman Media
*I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Time For Kids (June 7, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160320184X
ISBN-13: 978-1603201841


TIME For Kids The Big Book of How presents kids 8-12 years old with answers to the kinds of intriguing questions that appeal to their sense of curiosity. Colorful graphics, spectacular photos and clear, engaging diagrams will help answer such questions as: How does a chameleon change colors?; How can a person survive in the jungle?; How do you build a teepee?; How do diamonds form?; How do light sticks work?; How are 3-D movies made?; How do astronauts train for a space mission?; How do we get cavities?; How does solar energy work? 

Divided by subject area-from animals, the human body and technology to sports, food and green issues-kids will discover the background behind the questions through the book's photos, diagrams and art as well as its clear text. Of course, TIME For Kids goes beyond just answering the question, and engages kids with hands-on activities at the end of each chapter that bring life to a topic or idea they just read about. For example: If in the technology chapter kids learn how an airplane flies, the "How to" spread might include step-by-step instructions about how to fold a paper airplane or create a rotating helicopter. TIME For Kids The Big Book of How is a must-have book to satisfy the most curious of kids.


I know that this is a book out of the norm for this blog, but every once in awhile a book comes along for review that I just have to read!  With a curious six year old in the house, my ears are constantly being flooded with questions on who, what, when, where, how and why.  When I simply don't know, it frustrates my child to no end.  So when reading this book, I marked a bunch of the pages for those questions that I know are on the horizon.

One of the best things about this book is the rich in color photographs and special attention to detail that is present on each page.  For instance, my child wanted to make a paper airplane.  Now it has been years since I have made a paper airplane and I couldn't even remember how.  I looked in the index and sure enough it had it listed.  I turned to the correct page and it gave me step by step instructions to make one.  I must say, it helped tremendously and my airplane actually flew through the air!  Score one for Mom and TIME For Kids!

Then with all of the news coverage of the recent NASA launch, my child had to keep asking how that rocket made it in the air.  I grabbed my copy of this book and looked it up again.  Sure enough, there was a page on how to launch a rocket!  We looked at the explanations and diagrams and figured out how and why a rocket launches.  Now, we didn't try this out because I didn't have the time that day, but I see a future Science Fair Project!

This book was amazing and my child can't stop looking through it.  If you are a regular reader of TIME books, or if you are just wanting a great way to explain those curious questions your child likes to ask, then you need to get this book.  Everything is discussed with a child's understanding in mind and explained easily for them to understand.  Now if you will excuse me, we are going to go and test out the theory on what makes Popcorn Pop and enjoy our treats!


Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf

For Rereading! 5 STARS


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