What do you do when your children ask lots of questions? How many times do you hear the word why? in your day from them? As a parent it can be easy to switch off when the word why is mentioned too often, but do you ever yourself wonder why your children are using that word so often? Sometimes the questions are frustrating such as “why can’t I use my screens?” or “why can’t I have sweets?”, but there are so many questions starting with why that can broaden the knowledge and understanding for children. My First Encyclopedia of Why is a great introduction for children aged 4-7 years.
Miss A loves her books and reading. She is often looking on the internet for answers to her questions, or learning the answers to questions she never knew she wanted to know by reading her subscription of Amazing! magazine that arrives every month. Whilst she is a little older than the recommended target market for My First Encyclopedia of Why, she has enjoyed reading about the fun facts to answers that she hadn’t realised before.
The book itself is strong and sturdy with a spiral bound centre making it easy to flick through and find the answers to what you have always wanted to know. Split into sections of Countryside, Sea, Mountains, Animals, Our body and Earth and sky, there are 65 cardboard thickness pages to learn from covering 150 questions.
Each page is bright and colourful with questions starting with the word why and their answers. The answers are short and clear to understand. I did think the section on Our Body may probe some additional why questions from children that aren’t covered in the book, but generally there are some really good questions and answers that don’t always come up in everyday conversation, yet are very useful to learn.
Have you ever been asked by a child why is the sky blue? Well that question is in fact answered in the book. Do you know why the sky is blue? It’s because sunlight contains all the colours of the rainbow. The mix looks white to us but when the sun’s rays enter the Earth’s atmosphere, the blue light is scattered more than any colour which is why the sky looks blue to us.
What I liked about this book as a parent is that it doesn’t have to be read in one go to be able to understand it. You can leave it on a bookshelf and pick it up every now and again to find some fun facts. As it is so sturdy, it can be used over and over without looking tired, getting dog eared pages etc which is a great plus point.
Whilst the internet is a great thing and we are all using it more and more, I think every home should have an encyclopedia and I think this is a great addition for a child in first school.
Disclosure – we received the book free of charge but all opinions are our own