Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader and volunteers with the elderly playing her designed The Write Word Game. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Editor: Sarah Janssen
Publisher: World Almanac
Are you a bored kid that wants to quickly learn something unique, different or obscure? Do you want to impress your family, friends, teachers and Facebook connections by giving simple yet amazing true facts? Here is your answer: The World Almanac for Kids 2013, edited by Sarah Janssen.
This cute, compact, colorful and creative book has three hundred and fifty-two pages in its nine by six inch paperback book. From short chapters consisting to two pages about crimes, games or inventions to longer chapters of almost fifty pages regarding the United States, the material is in short, quick-to-read, interesting format. With an extensive eleven page index and three pages of photograph credits, topics are covered from birthdays and books to military and money to science and space plus so much more.
Each chapter has a colored tab on the top right side of its dedicated pages with bright background colors that encapsulate photographs, then-and-now charts, celebrity, movies and sports star crossword puzzles, color-coded lists or random trivial information. Eye catching maps, state and city information, easy to understand time lines, and clear, clean photographs are spread on every page, using every inch to enlighten and fascinate the mind.
What can we learn in just a few minutes? Pick the short chapter on disasters. Did you know one in five hundred earthquakes cause damage? Did you know tsunamis waves move at speeds of up to five hundred miles an hour? Did you know volcano lava may be hotter than two thousand degrees or that hurricanes can be up to three hundred miles wide? Or that in April 2011 there were a total of seven hundred and fifty eight tornadoes? Or sadly, did you realize that there were over three million deaths in China in the flood of 1931? That and so much more were in only six pages in the chapter!
One can immediately look up population, baseball teams, fashion trends, major religious holidays, how to read food labels, the largest planet, how a bill becomes a law, renewable energy in action, calendar basics, all-time NHL records, top game sellers, etcetera - need we continue?
With ample plethora of information and interesting facts, this is a perfect gift for a young child or adult who wants to learn more about the world, people and life around them. Without the extra clutter of huge research almanacs, this is a great go-to-guide that is simple and to the point, an ideal educational tool whenever browsed.