Saturday, August 20, 2011
Review: Every Day on Earth
Did you know that in one day your heart pumps enough blood to fill the tank of a fire engine? That the nearest black hole is 1,600 light-years away from the Earth? That your brain comes up with 70,000 thoughts per day? (Ah, but how many does a mom actually get to finish?).
If not, and you are a random fact aficionado, check out Every Day on Earth, a new release from Scholastic. Authors Steve and Matthew Murrie have assembled 200 incredible facts into one fun, clever book. They are organized into 8 categories -- Living Things, Earth, Food, the Human Body, Pop Culture, Space, Technology, and Sports. Each "fun fact" is given its own page, with a paragraph or two of explanation, which provides good context for the figures.
The book is too old for my son (3 1/2), who doesn't have the relative grasp of the large numbers yet for most of the facts to mean much. (That didn't damper his excitement when it arrived, however). I enjoyed it, though, and it is definitely a book that I would have loved when I was at the appropriate age for it (the reading level is age 9-12), so I look forward to him growing into it.
Comment: Are you a fan of quirky facts? Are your kids?
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