Why Can’t I Feel the Earth Spinning?: And Other Vital Questions about Science

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Science is awesome. It’s endlessly fascinating and full of wonders. The trouble is, many of the people tasked with introducing children to science don’t make it as engaging as it should be, and potential enthusiasm and interest are lost.

Thankfully, Why Can’t I Feel the Earth Spinning? is just the sort of science text to fill the gap and spark a younger reader’s imagination. Whether we’re talking biology, physics, space, geology, or any of the other topics briefly touched upon in this book, these delightful facts are the perfect lures to tease out greater interest in science.

The art is a major contributor to the book’s success, charmingly mixing drawings with photographic reproductions to keep the eye engaged. The use of film still shots is equally inventive and funny.

My only caveat is that although the facts and trivia in the book are all interesting, sometimes they don’t necessarily answer the question on the page. For instance, the page “Who do surgeons practice on?” mentions medical grave-robbing in the 17th and 18th centuries, but goes no further. A better question would’ve been “Who DID surgeons practice on?” That being said, “Why Can’t I Feel the Earth Spinning?” is fun, informative, and accessible.

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Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 96 pages
Publisher Thames & Hudson
Publish Date 2018-10-09
ISBN 9780500651186
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Issue Mar-19
Category Tweens


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