Let's face it. Despite being grown-ups, few of us can really answer the many "Why?'s" of small children. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or caregiver, it can be frustrating but also exciting. Grown-ups are huge part of children's reading life. And if when we're captivated by the content, the kids follow suit.
That's partly why I love this reference book, "Why?". This 10th Anniversary edition gives answers to questions from nature, food, home, the body, and more. There is a nice narrative thread in each spread, with charming characters and settings. The answers, however, are in the inset boxes. Do you know why a bird doesn't fall from a branch? I'll admit that I didn't until I read this book.
Likewise, I've always wondered about the trails from planes. I assumed they were water vapor, but AHAH, they are made up of ice! See. When YOU are excited, your little ones will be too.
This book, and the one tomorrow are must-own references for your library. Understanding the world around us is such a big part of learning, and "Why?" does that in a fun and approachable way. Stay tuned for tomorrow's post and be sure to post a comment for a chance to win all 5 books from this week's celebration.