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As a launching pad for inquisitive young minds and a life raft for parents at wits end, this collection addresses a critical part of being a kid: asking questions. A wide variety of questions are answered, such as Is there life on Mars? Do rivers ever dry up? Why are there wars? Is there such a thing as a funny bone? What is DNA? Having this nearby will equip every parentAs a launching pad for inquisitive young minds and a life raft for parents at wits end, this collection addresses a critical part of being a kid: asking questions. A wide variety of questions are answered, such as Is there life on Mars? Do rivers ever dry up? Why are there wars? Is there such a thing as a funny bone? What is DNA? Having this nearby will equip every parent for those difficult, absurd, or sometimes funny questions from their kids....

Title : The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents)
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ISBN : 9781578592197
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents) Reviews

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-29 09:24

    Book OverviewKids ask a lot of questions, and sometimes adults don't know all the answers. (Shocking, I know!) So this book provides answers to 800 questions that kids often ask and that the adults in their lives might not be able to answer. The book is divided into 10 different sections, including: 1. Outer Space (topics covered include Mysteries of the Universe, Planets and the Solar System, Space Exploration) 2. Planet Earth and Our Moon (topics covered include Clouds and Storms, Volcanoes and Earthquakes, Going Green) 3. Creatures Big and Small (topics covered include Dinosaurs and Ancient Life, Bugs, Fish and Sea Creatures, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians) 4. Plant Life (topics covered include Seeds and Growth, Trees, Plants that Help and Heal) 5. People Around the World (topics covered include Languages and Cultures, City Life, Farm Life) 6. Politics and Government (topics covered include Countries, Wars, Governments, U.S. State Facts and Trivia) 7. How Things Work (topics covered include Buildings, Communication and Electronic Devices, Flying High) 8. Math, Measurement and Time (topics covered include Numbers and Counting, Weights and Measures, Calendars and Telling Time) 9. All About My Body (topics covered include Bones and Joints, Muscle Power, Blood, Senses, Eating and Drinking, Sickness and Health) 10. Daily Life (topics covered include Families, Pets, Going to School, Bicycle Tips, Safety Tips, Tough Questions like Divorce, Death and God)Each section has a series of questions related to the main topic and a short but thorough answer. Many of the questions are accompanied by full-color photographs or drawings (100 in all). Most questions are answered in a single paragraph, but other questions are answered in several paragraphs if the topic warrants. The answers are direct and to-the-point but careful to be accurate and thoughtful. For example, consider this question and answer: How many planets are there? Scientists do not know how many planets there are in the universe. However, eight planets orbit the Sun. They are Mercury (which is closest to the Sun), Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.If you were thinking: "Hey wait. There are nine planets! What about Pluto?" Well, the answer to "Why isn't Pluto a planet anymore?" is provided on p. 6. (Poor Pluto got demoted to "dwarf" planet status.)In addition to answering straightforward science-type questions, the book also tackles questions in more "gray" areas such as "Who is God?" and "Where do people go after they die?" and "Does it hurt to die?" The author is careful to give non-judgmental answers to these "loaded" questions, and I personally was happy to have some help with the "Who is God?" question.The end of the book includes a list of books and web sites for additional information, and the book includes an index for quick reference.The book is written in easy-to-understand language that older children would be able to comprehend on their own. For younger children, the answers are easy for parents to paraphrase or shorten as needed.My ThoughtsWhen I was offered a review copy of this book, I jumped at the chance. My 5-year-old son is always asking me questions that I find difficult to answer or don't have any clue about. Here are just a few of the questions he's asked me in the last year: * How did the first person come alive? * What is the last number? * Who is God? * Where does God live? * Where is Grandpa now that he died? * When will I die?Needless to say, I need all the help I can get! He also asks more common questions such as "Why is the sky blue?" and "Why are rain clouds gray instead of white?" and "What does poison ivy look like?" (Fortunately, there was a photo of poison ivy in the book. We had taken a walk this spring and I kept telling him to stay on the path in case of poison ivy but couldn't tell him what it looked like, even though he asked 10,000 times. I just kept saying "It has three leaves, I think.")I'm also the type of person who has no idea how things like electricity works or how cars run so it is useful to me to have an answer that is easy for both him and me to understand. I like having a book where I can quickly look up the answer instead of running to the computer and trying to find an answer and then "translate" the answer to a level appropriate for his age.Besides being a useful resource for answering tough questions, I think the book is just interesting. I found myself reading some of the sections just to satisfy my own curiosity, and I can easily envision curious kids devouring this book.Does this book have the answer to every question you might be asked by your child? Of course not. No book could possibly do that. However, the book seems to cover all the major bases and is a great tool to have at your disposal.My Final RecommendationI can't imagine a parent who wouldn't find this book helpful (unless you had the misfortune to give birth to a "know it all" who doesn't ask any questions). With 800 questions answered succinctly and at a level appropriate for children, this book is a great resource for parents who don't want to answer a child's question with "I don't know" or "It just is."

  • Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
    2019-03-24 08:27

    This is the second edition of The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents). It's a fun book of answers to questions kids 4 thru 16 (or so) are likely to ask about the world around them. It has about 800 questions and answers which seems like quite a lot to me. The focus is on the broad sorts of questions kids ask. Like why is the sky blue? And who was the first man in space? It is not, however, like an encyclopedia where you would send a child who has to do a paper on Helen Keller. (It's more fun than that.)I was excited to receive this copy because my kids, like everyone elses, are little balls of frenetic inquiry. And I've found that while I might know the answer, that I can't always find the words I want to use that are best for answering their questions. Happily, Gina Misiroglu has come up with some great answers to help me (and others) out.Here are the Chapter Headings so you can get a feel for the range of topics that are covered.1. Outer Space2. Planet Earth and Our Moon3. Creatures Big and Small4. Plant Life5. People Around the World6. Politics and Government7. How Things Work8. Math, Measurement and Time9. All About My Body10. Daily LifeAnd here are some Sample Questions from each chapter so you can see just how much is stuffed into this book.1. Outer SpaceHow did the universe begin?Who was the first woman in space?2. Planet Earth and Our MoonHow old is the earth?Why is the ocean salty?3. Creatures Big and SmallWhich is the biggest dinosaur?Why do zebras have stripes?What do worms eat?4. Plant LifeWhat is the largest plant in the world?Is poison ivy really poisonous?5. People Around the WorldWhy did people begin exploring?Where are the largest factories located?What are barns used for?6. Politics and GovernmentHow many countries are there?What does the U.S. government do?Which state was once an independent kingdom?7. How Things WorkHow does a cable car stop and go?How do boats float?How does a fax machine work?What are bar codes?8. Math, Measurement and TimeWhat is so special about the number 2?What is a googol?What is horsepower?How are the months of the year named?9. All About My BodyWhat causes "growing pains"?How did my life begin?Which hair grows fastest?What is a healthy diet?10. Daily LifeWhy do people become disabled?What kind of household pets are common around the world?Should I tell my parents I'm being bullied?Talking Points:::To me, the key to evaluating a book of this kind is how it answers difficult questions. I mean it's hard enough to come up with kid-friendly answers for questions like 'why do dogs bark', but imagine how difficult it could be to answer questions like "Who is God?" or "Why do some women wear veils?" I thought Gina Misiroglu handled these issues very even handedly, and in a way that was informative and respectful. In the case of women with veils, her answer was neither denigrating of the tradition, nor did it disregard the fact that to some the veil signifies the restricted freedom of the women in those cultures. In regards to the question about God, she principally addresses the various viewpoints of monotheistic religions, but doesn't leave out the fact that other peoples believe in multiple gods.Another thing that I liked about the book was that there were different length answers. It seemed to me that the shorter ones were associated with the questions that younger children were likely to ask. whereas when it came to more complex questions -- the sort older kids might ask-- there were longer answers. So that "What is outer space?" had 3 sentence answer, while "Is the universe expanding?" was 2 paragraphs long.There are color pictures that supplement many of the answers, and you should know that the pages are sturdy and of a good weight.I would have loved to have had this book as a kid. I would have sat and perused it every week to learn things.Pam T~mom and reviewer at BooksForKids-reviews

  • Laurie Gray
    2019-04-05 08:27

    One of more than a dozen books in the Invisible Ink Press “Handy” series, The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents) by Gina Misiroglu features 800 questions with 100 color photographs and illustrations in ten chapters: Outer Space; Planet Earth and Our Moon; Creatures Big and Small; Plant Life; People around the World; Politics and Government; How Things Work; Math, Measurement, and Time; All about My Body; and Daily Life. From “Why is the ocean salty?” and “Where does the water from my toilet go?” to “”How do airplanes fly?” and “What causes people to pass gas?” this book provides substantive answers to typical questions curious children ask every day. Designed primarily as a reference volume with an index, the book is nevertheless engaging enough to read simply for pleasure on any topic of potential interest. The real value of the book lies in the breadth of the questions and the depth of the answers. Some questions seem unlikely to be posed by children (“How is the earth like an onion?” or “Which tree was used in the fledgling shipbuilding industry?”), but the vast majority are consistent with a child’s imagination and the answer parents would like to be able to give on most subjects. Questions of faith (“Where do people go after they die?” and “Who is God?”) are answered generally, reflecting the beliefs of multiple world religions. One subject where all parents might appreciate some child-friendly answers is missing completely: The word “sex” appears nowhere in the text or index. In response to the question “How did my life begin?” Misiroglu writes, “Each person begins life as a single fertilized cell.” The book never claims to have all the answers, just lots of handy ones. That it does. It’s an excellent resource for parents and middle-grade readers.Laurie A. Gray Reprinted from the Christian Library Journal (Vol. XIV, No. 6, December 2010); used with permission.

  • Kathleen Garber
    2019-04-20 02:22

    The second edition is updated to reflect the times and as such you will find questions such as What is a smartphone? and What is a test-tube baby? You will also find questions like What should I do if a find a gun? Should I tell my parents if I'm being bullied? and What happens when we die?The answers are straightforward, easy to understand and not prejudiced in any way. For example the What happens when we die question doesn't talk about life after death or heaven but focus on what happens to the body as each organ shuts down. The What is God question doesn't say that one belief is better than another but those who would prefer to teach their children that there is a God (or one God) without teaching that some people believe other things might not like the answer. Personally I like it as it's honest and explains that different people believe different things.This is not a sit down and read book which then gets passed on or put away. It's one that your children and you will refer back to each time one of you has a question. I especially liked that the answers weren't childish in anyway and so I enjoyed learning new things too. There is lots in the book I either didn't know at all or wasn't sure about.Here are just a few things I learned: That it's possible to stand in four states at the same time, why many barns are painted red, why the ocean is salty, how an ear thermometer reads body temperature and more. There is so much to learn that in a few days I probably will forget the explanation and will need to reread it a few more times before it sinks in.The only problem I have with the book is that it's written from an American point of view instead of a world, or at least a North American point of view. You can really see this in the Politics and Government section. However I think the pros outweigh the cons in this book's case.

  • Mel Boulrice
    2019-04-03 07:34

    Whether you are a parent or not, this book is a great reference book to have handy. Answers to almost 800 different questions are provided in a very simple manner. The book itself is beautiful, almost every other page contains a colourful picture on thick, glossy paper. I'm still in awe as I flip through the book.The book is broken down into 10 sections: Outer SpacePlanet Earth & Our MoonCreatures Big & SmallPlant LifePeople Around the WorldPolitics & GovernmentHow Things WorkMath, Measurement & TimeAll About My BodyDaily Life As soon as the book arrived, both my husband and 7 yr old son grabbed it & started flipping through it. It was really fun watching them point to the different topics & learning new things together. For instance, many of us know that you can tell the age of a tree by counting the rings BUT did you know that the thickness of the rings also tell scientists what the climate was like that year (ie. thick rings means there was plenty of rainfall)? It seems common sense to me now that I know, but this was not something I had thought of before!Here are a few examples of questions in the book that I've been asked or expect to be asked one day: Why is the sky blue?What is a fossil?Why do flies like cow plop? How did my life begin? I know my son will start asking me tougher questions & I am so happy to have a quick guide (other than Google) to help me! Some answers I already know (i.e why do zebras have stripes? camouflage) but thankfully the books adds more details then just my one word answer. I recommend this book for everyone as I think it's such a fun, fact filled book covering basic topics everyone should know.

  • April
    2019-03-31 06:29

    I truly love this book. Not only does it answer and talk about a very broad range of topics that many children are curious about, but I also found the facts and answers extremely interesting. The Handy Answer Book is the perfect book for children to use to inquire within, as well as a delightfully fun book for parents and children to sit down and enjoy together. In my honest opinion, this is a book that every house should have and one that should be in every classroom and grace every shelf.To give you a better feel for the topics covered within The Handy Answer Book, here is a list of the main chapters:~Outer Space~Planet Earth and Our Moon~Creatures Big and Small~Plant Life~People Around the World~Politics and Government~How Things Work~Math, Measurement, and Time~All About My Body Daily LifeWithin each of these chapters, there are many many topics covered and enough information to give the answers that children are looking for, as well as pique interest to perhaps further look into the topic of interest. The Handy Answer Book is written in a very user-friendly, fun, informative and easy-to-follow way. There are also wonderful pictures throughout that children will enjoy looking at. Whether for informative purposes or just a way to beat a bout of boredom, The Handy Answer Book is perfect and one that I very highly recommend!

  • melissa1lbr
    2019-03-31 05:25

    A fun book full of interesting questions and answers on lots of different topics - science, math, geography, etc. Some questions better for parents to decide the answers for their children (religious or philosophical). Full review at One Librarian's Book Reviews. Review copy provided by publicist.

  • Pixie/PageTurners(Amber) C.
    2019-04-08 08:23

    Do you have a child that makes you want to scream BECAUSE I SAID SO!! If you have ever experienced this moment, and even if you haven't, this is a great book to add to your collection. You can read my review here -Page Turners