MIDDLE GRADE NONFICTION : The Coolest Stuff on Earth by Brenda Scott Royce

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Did you know that dogs can shake off a pound of water in less than a second? That some sand dunes whistle and sing? That the U.S. dollar bill is full of hidden symbols related to the number 13? Our world is filled with strange, bizarre, and weird happenings. But what do they mean? WHY are they important? And what secrets are behind them?

These secrets and MORE are revealed through cool stories, action-packed photos, fantastic infographics, and exciting Q&As with in-the-field experts. Discover the secrets of sharkskin, the mysteries behind incredible island animals, the power behind lightning, how a rare gemstone changes color, and more. Kids will be captivated by this fresh way of looking at our amazing planet.
 
REVIEW 
 
The Coolest Stuff on Earth contains all sorts of fascinating bits of information on a number of interesting topics.  Architectural marvels, travel destinations, animals, historical mysteries, and shocking science are some of the topics explored.  The large size of the book makes the book ideal for browsing and sharing.  The gorgeous photographs are, as with most National Geographic books, stunning and well worth the price of the book by themselves.  The unusual topics and tidbits of information make the book even more of a draw.  Children love this kind of information.  The design of the book is beautiful and the colors eye-catching and appealing.  Facts related to secrets behind the leaning tower of Pisa, a fake lake, bug actors, cities and cars of the future make for intriguing reading.  A great book for students who love to learn about the strange and unusual.

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