Everyone knows that pepper doesnt come from pepper rocks. And snails dont carry houses on their backs because they love to go camping. And flamingoes arent pink because theyre going to a party. But where does pepper come from? And why do snails wear their houses. And why are flamingos pink?
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Brigitte Raab studied nutrition and works as an author and editor. This is her first book for North-South Books.
Manuela Olten is a photographer, and designer. She got her degree in children's book illustration; from the High School for Design in Offenbach am Main, Germany.
Kindergarten-Grade 3–The phrase fun facts actually lives up to its promise in this humorous cross between a science book and a riddle book. Each of seven questions is first given a funny answer (Why do snails carry houses on their backs? Because they love to go camping!). Readers turn the page to see a child saying, No! followed by a concise, factual answer. Topics range from the color of flamingos to the saltiness of the seas. The pattern works well, and, in a nice twist, is broken at the end of the book. Why don't migrating birds get lost when they fly south in the fall? Because they have compasses in their beaks! This seemingly silly answer turns out to be, in a way, true. The design is great; it's as simultaneously predictable and playful as the text. The cartoon-style paintings use soft earth tones and subtle humor. A minor disappointment is the lack of an afterword providing additional details. Otherwise, this book is a lively and appealing way to encourage youngsters' curiosity about the natural world. And any book that lets kids say, No so often is bound to be popular.–Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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