Time Home Entertainment recently sent me their latest TIME For Kids book. The new title is called Big Book of Why: Crazy, Cool, & Outrageous. The book includes over 1,000 fascinating facts that are crazy, cool, or outrageous. My kids and I love the big book series. This book is actually a follow-up to the first Big Book of Why (review), which has sold more than 150,000 copies to date. I think both books are awesome. Big Book of Why: Crazy, Cool, & Outrageous is available now. It has a list price of $19.95, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $16.49.
The Big Book of Why: Crazy, Cool, & Outrageous is 192 pages long. The hardcover book includes answers to many questions kids like to ask. The answers are interesting, and the photo and illustrations are wonderful too. The book is organized around thirteen categories:
- Human body
- U.S. history
- World history
- World culture
- Arts and media
- Sports and games
Below are some sample questions and answers:
Q. Why do I have nightmares?
A. Nightmares are just scary dreams. You might get them because your body is relieving stress, you are ill or you experienced something scary when you were awake.
Q. Why are so many people afraid of spiders?
A. We’re not born afraid of spiders. It’s something we learn. Some scientists think humans are naturally worried about animals that move quickly, as spiders do, and the fact that some spiders are poisonous certainly adds to the fear factor.
Q. Why are oceans blue?
A. Beauty — and color — is in the eyes of the beholder. The light we see is made of many colors at once. Ocean water absorbs colors like red and orange, but blue wavelengths are reflected, making the ocean appear to be blue. Other colors in the sea come from plants, dirt and pollution.
Q. Why do people cry when they cut onions?
A. Cutting onions releases a gas that mixes with the water that’s naturally in our eyes. Together, they form an irritating chemical. Our eyes produce tears to wash it away.
Q. Why do some countries still have kings and queens?
A. Until the late 1700s, nearly every nation was led by royalty. Since then, however, most nations that were run by monarchs have turned to a more democratic system. In Britain, for example, the kings and queens were powerful rulers until the Reform Bill of 1832. Now the royal family performs mainly ceremonial duties.
Q. How did the game Marco Polo get its name?
A. The popular pool game of tag is named for Italian explorer Marco Polo, who visited China and other parts of the Far East in the 1200s. There’s a story that he got lost in the desert in China and only found his fellow travelers by yelling his own name.
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