This book has some of the best explanations of natural phenomena I’ve ever encountered. Take the simple question, “why is the sky blue?” I have googled this and come up with many many hits, but none really made sense to me. This book, however, explains it in a way that gives you an “aha” moment. Even the questions the author poses are great: Why, for example, does a mirror reverse images from side to side but not top to bottom? What do you really hear when you put a seashell to your ear? How do fish breathe underwater? Why do songs get stuck in your head? How does arm hair know to stop growing? Why does scratching make an itch feel better? Why can’t we tickle ourselves?
All of the questions in the book were submitted by real kids all over the world to Newsday’s “How Come” newspaper column.
Kids and parents alike will love the fun and plentiful cartoon-like color illustrations by Debra Solomon.
Evaluation: This is a terrific resource both for curious kids and for the parents who get posed all the questions from curious kids. Additionally, it will be a great help for kids who don’t get full answers in school. Originally published in 1993, this is an updated version with more precise answers and twenty new questions.
Published by Workman Publishing Company, 2014