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Book review: A Fact for Every Day of the Year

Written by ceditor

The best way to kick off your new year is to learn something new and unbelievable, and this National Geographic Kids’ book provides you with the perfect opportunity to do so. Aptly titled A Fact for Every Day of the Year brings you 365 facts that will make you say “Wow!” more times than you can imagine!

It may seem like an average book that you might end in one sitting, but it’s the facts within these pages that make it worth multiple reading. After all, who would believe that it was a dentist who invented Candy Floss, that an Octopus has three hearts and nine brains, and that red hair is the result of a genetic variance, and only two percent of the world’s population is red-haired!

What makes this book a lot more interesting than the other books in your library is the fact that these fascinating facts range from animals and nature to religion, science and space. Each day of the calendar is marked with a fact that has something to do with that date making it a total of 365 (or 366, considering this is a leap year) facts of the year.

Accompanying these facts are the relevant images of that fact, while the text is targeted at both youngsters like you and your elders, who may think they know things. You can play this book all year round with your friends and relatives, and impress them without making yourself sound like someone who knows it all.

After all, who wouldn’t be surprised to find out that T-Rex lived closer to our times than any other dinosaur, that Walt Disney has won the most Academy Awards for his films, and that no two people can see the same rainbow? The book also rubbishes the notion that the Great Wall of China is visible from space and confirms that a fictional pirate like Jack Sparrow was based on Blackbeard, who was a real pirate.

If you didn’t know the difference between the Tower of London and the London Bridge, or had no idea that there was another city that had more kilometres of canal than Venice, then don’t worry. This is the book for you since it caters to all kinds of information junkies out there and if you aren’t one of them, it might propel you towards them.

Search for the facts that are listed with your birthday, or fascinate yourself with random facts with this book, it will certainly keep you busy for the rest of the year!

Omair Alavi – Dawn, Young World

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