Thursday, September 06, 2018

Compendium for Curious Kids! National Geographic Little Kids' First Big Book of Why 2 by Jill Esbaum


Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book character, Rikki Tikki Tavi, said it for what all kids do: "Run and find out." And finding out means asking a lot of questions.

Why can't I run as fast as a dog?

Why do cats' eyes shine at night?

Why does my heart beat fast when I exercise?

Why do people's voices sound different?

Why is grass wet in the morning?

Why do youngsters ask SO many questions? The drive to KNOW seems to be built into the human brain and there seems to be ample room for answers in there. And National Geographic has lots of answers for the questions kids come up with in their esteemed science and nature series, and especially in their latest,National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why 2 (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books) (National Geographic Books, 2018).

Arranged in four sections, Me, Myself, and I, Nature All Around, Fun and Games, and Awesome Animals, author Jill Esbaum's latest offers the background information on people and why they do what they do, animals and what they do and how and why, and fascinating peeks at the reasons behind why things are the way they are for curious kids in the elementary grades. Easy enough in vocabulary for preschoolers to understand when read aloud and accessible for independent readers in the lower grades, Esbaum's text is greatly extended with National Geographic's trademark color photos and drawings which show as well as tell why things are the way they are. Science writer Jill Esbaum adds a helpful appendix and index for help in researching favorite subjects.

The companion book for this title is Esbaum's top-selling National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books).

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