Book Review: Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Why

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Sports Illustrated Kids' BIG Book of Why: Sports Edition

Sports Illustrated Kids sent me a copy of their Big Book of Why: Sports Edition for review on my dad blog. The book features answers to many kid’s sports questions. The book is great for sports-loving kids, but you don’t have to be a sports nut to like this book. My son loves the book too even though he’s not big on sports. I also found the book really interesting (I’m not a kid, but I am a sports nut). I think it makes a fun coffee table book. The book will also come in handy on long road trips. Sports Illustrated Kids’ BIG Book of Why: Sports Edition officially goes on sale next Tuesday for $17.95. However, Amazon is already selling the book for $14.

Sports Illustrated Kids’ BIG Book of Why includes over 500 sports facts, detailed photos and illustrations. The 128-page book is divided into four sections: big league, all-star, MVP, and hall of fame. Below are some of the questions I found interesting:

  • Why aren’t footballs perfectly round? (note: the first footballs were round)
  • Why is the fielder to the left of second based called a shortstop?
  • Why is it called a turkey when you get three straight strikes in bowling?
  • Why is football called soccer in America? (note: it was originally called football)
  • Why is it called a hat trick when a hockey player scores three goals in a game?
  • Why are the Olympics held only every four years?
  • Why is a standard marathon exactly 26.2 miles?
  • Why is a flaming torch an iconic symbol of the Olympics?
  • Why is Boise State’s football field blue?
  • Why are lefthanded pitchers called southpaws?
  • Why is zero called love in tennis?
  • Why are tennis balls fuzzy?
  • Why is it called a bobsled? (note: it wasn’t invented by Bob)
  • Why do male gymnasts use a pommel horse?
  • Why do golf balls have dimples?
  • Why is the warm-up area called the bullpen?
  • Why are there nine innings in baseball?
  • Why are the rings the symbol of the Olympics?
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