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12 Days of Holiday Gift Suggestions – Day 3

December 12, 2011

You say you’re looking for a book that’s fun for the whole family, or maybe you’re looking for a great gift for your favorite teacher? Well, here’s your answer!

A Really Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson is the author of numerous adult bestsellers in the nonfiction genre. So we were delighted when he brought his trademark sense of humor and his vast knowledge of, well, it seems like he knows a lot about everything, to a book for young readers and the whole family.

Enter the world of science as Bill Bryson unmasks the mysteries of the universe.

Did you know that:

• Every atom in your body has almost certainly passed through several stars and been part of millions of organisms on its way to being you?

• If you are an average-sized kid, you have enough potential energy inside you to explode with the force of several hydrogen bombs?

And—What happened to dinosaurs? How big is the universe? Why are oceans salty? Is a meteor going to hit us?

Tackling everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bill Bryson’s inimitable storytelling skill makes the why, how, and, just as importantly, the who of scientific discovery entertaining and accessible for young readers.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2011 10:13 am

    This book is awesome! I have it in my classroom, and all my middle school students love to read it. It’s a great selling point with my reluctant readers since each topic is only 1 page long!

  2. December 17, 2011 6:10 pm

    Oh my gosh this seems just like the thing my brother would love. He doesn’t like fictional reading (he doesn’t even have the patience to read Harry Potter!) but he’s really into facts and stuff. Definitely going to try to get him this for Christmas!

  3. December 20, 2011 10:00 am

    My boys would eat this up.

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