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Title:
I wish i knew that : cool stuff you need to know
Author:
Martin, Steve, 1962 October 18-
Publication Information:
New York : Reader's Digest Association, [2011]

©2011
Physical Description:
143 pages: 21cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781606523407
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

An Apple a Day Keeps the Low Marks Away!

Have you ever been excited to find out you knew something the other kids in your class didn't? Then just think about how you would feel if you knew hundreds of fascinating tidbits-on everything from art, literature, and history to geography, science, and math-from just one quick-and-easy read crammed with fun and cool stuff you shouldn't have to wait to find out about. With I Wish I Knew That you will speed through science, whiz through history, and take a dip into the classic Greek and Roman myths in no time at all. Inside, learn all about...
Classic Reads: A guide to classic children's literature such as Call of The Wild, Anne of Green Gables, The Wind in The Willows, Little Women and Shakespeare. How Land is Shaped and Changed: Erosion, Glaciers, Volcanoes and the world's tallest mountain, largest sea, and longest river. Math Stuff: Jump Into Geometry by learning that the three points of a triangle, whose angles always add up to 180#65533; make measuring more precise. Science at a Glance: The Periodic table which was invented by Dmitri Mendeleyev and beginners' Biology History Stuff: Early explorers, important wars, all the Presidents and British Kings and Queens as well as the names of the countries and their capital cities. Bonus sections include Poet's Corner, Brief History of Music, The World Of Art and Geological Time, In Brief
With I Wish I Knew That you'll boost your general knowledge and jump to the head of the class!


Author Notes

Steve Martin attended Birmingham City University, where he earned a degree in English. Since then, he has worked in education, including 15 years' teaching English in prisons. He currently lives in Rutland, a rural area in the English Midlands with his wife and two young sons. I Wish I Knew That is his third children's non-fiction books, the previous two being The Boys' Book 3 and The Boys' Book of Adventure . He is currently working on a series of modern fairy stories for younger children.

Marianne Taylor grew up on the south coast of England, and from an early age developed an interest in science and natural history. She has a BSc in biological psychology from Sheffield University and became a freelance writer and editor in 2007. Since then, she has written several books, mostly on natural history subjects, and lives in Kent, England.

Mike Goldsmith, Ph.D. , studied astrophysics at Keele University, where he earned his PhD, and is a freelance research scientist. He has written several books for children and lives in Teddington in England.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-These two volumes pack a lot of facts into short page-counts but include quite a few problems as well. Much of the information in I Wish I Knew That is too basic or commonly known to entertain or impress, and is so superficial that it doesn't serve to educate. Brevity also breeds understatements, incomplete explanations, and sloppy summarizations. President Kennedy gets five sentences, and the last one is this: "However, on November 22, 1963, he was shot by a man named Lee Harvey Oswald while riding through Dallas, Texas, in an open-topped car." Write.Every Time has the potential for greater usefulness, but errors render it less than reliable. For instance, in the phrase "many people," "many" is mislabeled as an indefinite pronoun. In the sentence "The burglar goes up," the adverb is said to answer how rather than where. Needed examples are absent, and others, such as "My top could be being crumpled up since it's in a suitcase," are poorly written. The risks are many in serving up a lot of material in short order, and here they do not pay off.-Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.