Library books have all the answers, that's a fact—September 10, 2010
Can reusing plastic water bottles cause cancer? When you drop food on the floor, is it safe to eat it if you pick it up in five seconds? Can you tell how far away a storm is by counting the seconds between a flash of lightning and a roll of thunder? You’ll find the answers to these and many other interesting questions in a new series of books called “Is That a Fact?” Each title in the series answers seventeen different questions that children (and adults) may be curious about. Each book tackles a different subject area.
“Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?” by Sandy Donovan covers questions about your health and body. Questions about space are covered in “Is There Life on Other Planets?” by Gregory L. Vogt, while Buffy Silverman’s book “Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks?” answers questions about animals. The other titles in the series are “Can Lightning Strike the Same Place Twice? And Other Questions About Earth, Weather, and the Environment” by Joanne Mattern and “Does It Really Take Seven Years to Digest Swallowed Gum? And Other Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask” by Sandy Donovan. Is it fact or fiction? Read these books to get an answer and the science behind it!
“First Facts: Why In the World?” is another series which also answers many questions that children may wonder about. The titles in this series are “Why Do Birds Sing? A Book About Animal Communication” and “Where Does Lightning Come From? A Book About Weather” by June Preszler, “Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet? A Book About Planets” by Seve Kortenkamp, “How Many Fish in the Sea? A Book About Oceans” by Linda Tagliaferro, and “What Are Baby Koalas Called? A Book About Baby Animals” by Kathy Feeney.
The books in this series are illustrated with color photographs and written on a simple level so that they are great for young children. They also contain information to help you find safe, fun Internet sites relating to the topics in the books. The instructions direct children to visit www.facthound.com, choose their grade level, and type in the ID number for the book to locate age-appropriate sites. All of the sites on FactHound have been researched by the publisher’s editorial staff.
Whether you are looking for answers to questions that have been puzzling you or just interested in satisfying your curiosity, these books make fascinating reading! Look for them in the children’s department of the library.