The Big Answer Book for Kids & Parents

As rule, kids from 4 to 13 have an insatiable hunger for information and a curiosity that winds its way down every road. And it’s an adult’s job to satisfy that yearning for learning—by answering the questions you know. Written with a child s imagination in mind, this book is bursting with nearly 800 questions and answers on just about every topic in a kid’s world. Consider The Big Answer Book as a launching pad that will send an inquisitive mind in many different directions. Or think of it as a fun way to spend a few hours, flipping from page to page and absorbing new knowledge.

By the way, do you know why stars seem to twinkle? Or how big Earth is? Can you name our plants and pull a quick definition of a dwarf star out of your hat?

Can you answer the ever-popular questions: Why is the sky blue? What is a hurricane? An avalanche? Lightning? Thunder?

Perhaps the most interesting subject for kids (and adults, too) is the sometimes mysterious workings of their own bodies, answering questions about sweat, pimples, warts, scabs, vomit, burps, and hiccups.

How are plants and animals related?

The waste product produced by photosynthesis is oxygen, the gas that all animals need to breathe. So without plant life, there would be no animal life on Earth. And without plants around to absorb carbon dioxide, an excess amount of this gas would linger in our atmosphere, trapping the Sun’s heat and causing an unwanted increase in the planet’s average temperatures. Plants, then, are essential not only because they provide so much of the food people eat (and provide nourishment for many of the animals we eat), but because they make the air healthier, using up carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. In addition, we depend on plants to provide us with other things we need, like wood for building, fibers for making clothes, and medicines to improve our health.

In “Plant Life,” curious minds will learn that plants are more than just attractive ways to decorate a yard; the Earth’s unique ecosystem depends on plants, and their life systems are complex and amazing.

It’s hard to imagine life without cellular phones and e-mail, not to mention elevators, airplanes, televisions, and light bulbs. But what miracles of technology make these items function? Ever wonder how an X-ray takes pictures or how a submarine can submerge and rise in the water? What are barcodes, anyway?

It’s been said that children are like sponges, soaking up an amazing array and depth of information at a mind-spinning rate. Part of this rapid learning rate can be explained by physiological developments, but little knowledge would be possible without a sense of wonder and interest. And while those qualities can be found in abundance in most children, they are by no means the exclusive province of the young. If we’re lucky, we continue to feel the excitement of learning new things and deepening our understanding our entire lives.

Is there a place on Earth where the Sun does not rise?

In the Arctic and Antarctic circles there is at least one day a year when the Sun does not rise and one day when the Sun does not set. This is because of their close location to Earth’s poles. The Sun does not set on the summer solstice (June 21 in the north and December 21 in the south) and does not rise on the winter solstice (December 21 for the north and June 21 for the south). For this reason, the Arctic and Antarctic are called the “lands of midnight Sun” in the summer and “lands of noon darkness” in the winter.

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