Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Weird but true! 2 by National Geographic Kids

cover shows a frog and the title: Weird but True! 2: 300 Outrageous Facts by National Geographic Kids
Weird but True! 2: 300 Outrageous Facts by National Geographic Kids. 208 pg. National Geographic Society, 2010. (9781426306884) Series: Weird but True!

The fifth graders at the school I work at absolutely love these books. We have number 2, 3, 4, 5 and brainless baddies and there's only been perhaps a week when one of them didn't have a kid waiting for it and it was on the shelf. Needless to say the books are wildly popular.

Each book has 208 pages of strange but true facts. Photos, colorful illustrations or unique fonts make each factoid quite eye catching. And there is an index to help you find that crazy fact that you remember reading but can't find again.

The drawback is that there's no citations and sometimes the facts are a bit hard to believe. For example, "The total earthworm population in the United States weighs ten times more than the total human population." (pg. 98) "Astronomers have discovered a star that is made of a 10-billion-trillion-trillion-carat diamond." (pg. 134)

Drawing of a piece of pie with text "It's possible to smell scents in dreams". Or blue font for "Rhinoceroses don't sweat."

Some facts make you really curious how they even know that: "Newborn babies are color-blind" (pg. 36) or "A snowflake can take up to two hours to fall from a cloud to the ground." (pg. 104)

Colorful text says "Some of the first soles on Nike shoes were made by pouring rubber into a waffle iron."

National Geographic holds the belief that the earth is millions of years old and that comes through on some of their facts, "The oldest bat fossil ever found was 50 million years old." (pg. 153) or "Turtles lived on earth before dinosaurs did." (pg. 73)

If you're looking for a book or series that will keep elementary and even middle school kids entertained for quite a while, then get a hold of these books. I highly recommend this series for any school library and kids who love facts.

Disclosure: I borrowed the book from the library. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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