Karyn's Bookshelf.

Author:Saemann, Karyn L.
Position:Children's books - Children's review - Book review

Little Kids First Big Book of Why

Amy Shields, author

National Geographic Society

1145 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036-4688

9781426307935, $14.95

Why do some people wear glasses? Why does my skin wrinkle in the tub? Why can't fish breathe air? Kids ask lots of questions. Here's a book that tackles some of the most common inquiries. In all, about 60 questions are presented in four categories: amazing me, how things work, animals all around and wonders of the world. Frequently, the questions and answers are alternated with simple related experiments, such as how to make a rainbow with water and sunlight. Bold photography, a kid friendly layout with oversized fonts and lots of breakout boxes make this a fun read for 1-3-graders. That of course, is the best part, that a child can read the questions and answers himself. Great information, with curious young minds in mind.

Incredible Journeys: Amazing Animal Migrations

Animal Planet, Author

Kingfisher/Macmillan Children's Books

175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010

9780753467268, $19.99

The natural world has a rhythm all its own. Across the earth, creatures move from place to place seeking mating and birthing grounds, sustenance and a warmer (or cooler) seasonal climate. Animals often take the same circular route each year, travelling to a place and later returning to where they started. "Incredible Journeys" chronicles as many different migrations as is possible to fit into 120 pages. There's a lot of information; this is not a quick read. But the information is exceptionally well organized so reading is never difficult. The text is broken into easily digestible, short bites, interspersed with an abundance of bright, action-packed photographs. A cover-to-cover read will be time well spent. Inside, the book is broken into three sections - migrations by air, water and land. It then focuses one at a time on creatures in each category. Featured are creatures large and small, and common and endangered, from every corner of the globe. There are also excellent explanations about a variety of related topics, such as how animals' bodies are built to withstand travel and harsh climates; the impact of climate change on routes and destinations; and the role of things like wind and ocean currents. Great information, expertly packaged to be kid friendly.

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Joyce Sidman, author

Beth Krommes, illustrator

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


To continue reading