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Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Amazing Animal Quiz Book, edited by Victoria Wiggins. DK Publishing. 2014. $10.99 ages 7 and up

"Glamorous, colorful, and even musical, the birds are a dazzlingly successful group of animals. There are nearly 10,000 species, ranging from tiny hummingbirds to flightless giants like the ostrich. We now know that they are all feathered dinosaurs, related to the giant hunters of the past."

Before I tell you about this fun and interactive book for kids who love knowing all that they can about animals, I want to tell you about something new and exciting from DK Publishers. If you have read my blog before today, you will know that I constantly sing the praises of the books being published by them. This week they launched a branch new website, and I would encourage you to check it out now. I spent an hour just moving from one page to another, watching the videos, checking the various links, and I think it will be a most effective tool to use with children who are always searching for new knowledge.

Here's the link:

Now, to this amazing book filled with quizzes for children interested in knowing about the animal world, and who appreciate a challenge. Each double page spread has a series of 15-20 questions that encourage readers to consider their answers carefully. Each question provides four answers for their consideration:

"How many flowers can a bee visit in one minute?

a) 100
b) 1
c) 40
d) 5 "

Note the page, the question number, flip to the back and you will find that the answer is 100!

Each spread has full color photographs, an opening statement (The first sharks appeared before the dinosaurs) and gives the difficulty level of the quiz as hard, medium or easy. This allows for a wide range of readers as the vocabulary becomes more difficult as the questions become harder. I will admit that I gravitated toward the easy and medium as those hard questions often stumped me:

"Roughly how far can the low-frequency calls of great whales be tracked?

a) 19 miles (30km)
b) 1,864 miles (3,000km)
c) 932 miles (1,500km)
d) 249 miles (400km)"

Do you know? You will after you take the quizzes in this fascinating book!

Oh, you want to know now??? The answer is 1,500km!

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