National Geographic Little Kids: First Big Book of Why
by Amy Shields
National Geographic Children’s Books, May 10, 2011
KIWI Magazine Review
Most of us grew up with National Geographic magazine and Nat Geo’s new crop of nonfiction books for kids are exactly as you’d expect: Accurate, interesting, and accompanied by amazing photography. Since every kid is born with the ‘why’ chromosome, parents will rejoice when they read National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why because all of those answers to questions kids ask are there. I hate to admit how much I learned when I read this book with my first-grade daughter, but I will definitely turn to this book when I am unsure why because I definitely know where!
Linking to a popular feature in the super successful National Geographic Little Kids magazine, this book brings the browsable fun of the bestselling National Geographic Kids Almanac, to a new audience: preschoolers! Using an interactive question-and-answer format and content grounded in a child’s immediate world, the Big Book of Why delivers lively information, hands-on games, simple recipes, crafts, and more. What makes a car go? How does mushy dough become a crispy cookie? What does the doctor see in my throat? An essential parent reference, The Big Book of Why invites children to ask big questions, think big thoughts, and get answers that are accurate, engaging, level-appropriate, and based on sound educational findings. It helps prepare preschoolers for school in an interactive way—the very best way to foster learning at this age, according to research. Highly photographic and playful, this big book is an adventure in exploration.