Why are trees green? Are maps always right? How do surgeons know what to take out? What’s inside a black hole? Why is the sea blue? What makes thunder and lightning? Why do I dream? These are just some of the many questions that are answered in this straight-talking question and answer book that encourages kids to ask questions and find out about the world…
Twenty-one broad ranging topics are covered. Typical topics like dinosaurs, space, plants and weather are covered. Being a massive Harry Potter fan I was very impressed to learn that a dinosaur discovery in Iowa in 2004 was named ‘Dracorex hogwartsia’ (it’s full name is ‘Dragon King of Hogwarts’).
Some of the more unusual chapters arguably make for more interesting reading. ‘Why Do I Have to Wash?’ will have readers racing for the soap as it provides eye-opening information on germs, bacteria and skin. A photo of magnified eyelash mites on a human face looks like something out of a science-fiction movie. ‘Why Do Sirens Sound Weird When They Go Past?’ explains the ‘Doppler effect’, sound waves and sonic booms.
The book is bang up-to-date. A ‘Could I Live on Mars?’ chapter covers the implications of setting up on Mars, holidaying in space, the speed of a rocket and the face we see on the Moon. A chapter titled ‘Is the Cloud a Real Cloud?’ delves into data storage and data transfer, the potential of robots, the history of the computer mouse and the development of computers.
Each topic is presented over four pages with a primer question - that also serves as the topic title - followed by further questions. The conversational answers are clear, concise and are for the most part accurate. A whole plethora of illustrations and photographs add to the enjoyment of the book. These include very cools photograph of a squid worm in the depths of the ocean and a frog sitting inside a pitcher plant. An artist’s impression provides an idea of what homes on Mars could look like and a selfie from the Curiosity Mars Rover shows the fun that it is getting up to. There’s an illustration of a fantasy map of a flat Earth by Antar Dayal, a black and white photo of a teacher giving school children medicine, a microscopic image of brewer’s yeast and lots of stills from films. And of course a couple of famous scientists feature - Albert Einstein and Louis Pasteur make an appearance and there’s even room for some famous paintings including van Gogh’s The Sower and Munch’s The Scream.
Modern, fresh and very appealing, ‘Why Can’t I Feel the Earth Spinning?’ is a fun-filled mixed bag of STEM facts that is great for kids with lots of questions and curious minds.
Recommended for 7+.