Friday, June 17, 2011

TIME For Kids Big Book of How; Editors of Time Magazine

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Time For Kids (June 7, 2011)


TIME For Kids The Big Book of How presents kids 8-12 years old with answers to the kinds of intriguing questions that appeal to their sense of curiosity. Colorful graphics, spectacular photos and clear, engaging diagrams will help answer such questions as: How does a chameleon change colors?; How can a person survive in the jungle?; How do you build a teepee?; How do diamonds form?; How do light sticks work?; How are 3-D movies made?; How do astronauts train for a space mission?; How do we get cavities?; How does solar energy work?

Divided by subject area-from animals, the human body and technology to sports, food and green issues-kids will discover the background behind the questions through the book's photos, diagrams and art as well as its clear text. Of course, TIME For Kids goes beyond just answering the question, and engages kids with hands-on activities at the end of each chapter that bring life to a topic or idea they just read about. For example: If in the technology chapter kids learn how an airplanefl ies, the "How to" spread might include step-by-step instructions about how to fold a paper airplane or create a rotating helicopter. TIME For Kids The Big Book of How is a must-have book to satisfy the most curious of kids.

My Review

You know when summer hits and kids are going to get bored? No matter how many events or activities you plan kids are going to loose their patience. Not to mention you going insane from having your child sit in front of the TV and loose every last brain cell. So the solution is easy...Big Book of How. Seriously I sound like an infomercial but Big Book of How is to much fun and I even tried one of the "how to" with my son. Yea, it was the ice cream one. None the less my son is only 3 and he loved "helping".

Even though this book is recommended for 9-12 I can see younger kids thoroughly enjoying this. Kids have loads of questions and their minds are going a mile a minute what better way to fill out their curiosity then with Big Book of How. I hate to admit it but I learned quite a bit from this book. A few great points for me were the explanation of Hurricanes. Floridian here. I also loved the kid friendly layout. It was an easy navigation with easy references.

Big Book of How is a huge hit with me and my family. This weekend we are going to make the camera. I'd recommend this to anyone with children.
I know how much fun I will be having this summer, Do you?


Zibilee said...

Though my kids are older, I think they would have a ton of fun with this book and am going to have to see if I can grab a copy. I am so glad that you were able to use it with your family as well. Great review, Liz!

Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said...

This looks like a great book. I am glad you were able to find something for a 3 year old to do--I will have to get it for my son! :)

Jenny N. said...

I don't have any kids and I want to read this. It so educational that I think I will learn some new things myself.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I should recommend this to my teacher cousins who have a couple of small boys. Perfect for them! Great review!

Jamie Kline said...

Thanks for sharing this!! My nephew is 10 and we always watch How It's Made on Discovery and he likes to learn how things work and do experiments and things. I think he would really enjoy this; would definitely make a good Christmas present this year!