Big Questions from Little People: And Simple Answers from Great Minds

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Harper Collins, Oct 30, 2012 - Reference - 336 pages

In the spirit of Schott’s Miscellany, The Magic of Reality, and The Dangerous Book for Boys comes Can a Bee Sting a Bee?—a smart, illuminating, essential, and utterly delightful handbook for perplexed parents and their curious children. Author Gemma Elwin Harris has lovingly compiled weighty questions from precocious grade school children—queries that have long dumbfounded even intelligent adults—and she’s gathered together a notable crew of scientists, specialists, philosophers, and writers to answer them.

Authors Mary Roach and Phillip Pullman, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, chef Gordon Ramsay, adventurist Bear Gryllis, and linguist Noam Chomsky are among the top experts responding to the Big Questions from Little People, (“Do animals have feelings?”, “Why can’t I tickle myself?”, “Who is God?”) with well-known comedians, columnists, and raconteurs offering hilarious alternative answers. Miles above your average general knowledge and trivia collections, this charming compendium is a book fans of the E.H. Gombrich classic, A Little History of the World, will adore.

 

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Children are no idiots, only slightly less experienced than us adults. This is why they sometimes seem to have no barriers to their thoughts, actions and questions. We do, because we take many things ... Read full review

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This book is such a fun and witty book that takes out-of-the-box scientific questions from kids and get answers from scientists. Some questions include: Why can't I tickle myself? Can a bee sting another bee? etc. Fun for kids, parents and teachers to explore! Read full review

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Do aliens exist? Where does wind come from? Why do wespeak English?
Why cant Itickle myself? Who had the first pet? Why are planets round?
Why are some people mean?
What is gravity and why isntthere anyin space?
Do numbersgo on forever? Where didthe first seed comefrom? Why was Guy Fawkes so naughty? What do you have to do to get into the Olympic ...
What are our bones made
What was the biggest battlethe Romans fought in? Why do I get bored? Are there really monsters livingin ourmouths Why do we sleep at night? call...
Why does the Moon shine? Where do the oceans comefrom? Why do snails have shellsbutslugs dont? Outtakes
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Gemma Elwin Harris is a freelance writer and editor who has contributed to Time Out, Glamour, and the Sunday Times. A graduate of Cambridge University, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her young son and two very curious nieces inspired this book.

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