By Author / Illustrator
Tracey Turner, Fatti Burke
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Discover a fact for everyone, everyday, in this book.Explore a world of topics, from hilarious animals, to unbelievable-but-true science facts, mind-blowing space stats, to incredible human achievements. You can even look up what extraordinary event happened on your birthday!Did you know that Ancient Romans used wee to whiten their teeth, and to do their laundry?Or have you heard of the parrotfish, which covers itself in a cosy, thick layer of its own slime before it goes to sleep? Why not celebrate New Year's Eve like the Estonians: tuck into seven meals to give you strength for the year ahead. Delicious!It's most important to know that you should never shake hands with a bushbaby: the animals pee on their paws so that they leave a smelly trail wherever they go.Find out all this and much, much more, with enough facts for even the most curious reader. Also includes seasonal and 'on this day' facts for added curiosity and fun, plus a completely random mix of everything else you can imagine.These facts are brought to life with stylish, full colour illustrations from Fatti Burke. Her charmingly beautiful artwork makes this a book to keep coming back to.
Did you know that an octopus has three hearts, nine brains, and blue blood? Or that the ancient Romans used to leave out large containers in the street to collect the pee of passers-by, which they used to clean laundry and even as a mouth wash to whiten their teeth?! These are just two of the interesting cases mentioned in Facts! One for everyday of the year. As the title indicates, every date has a short factual entry sometimes relating to the actual day itself, for example 5th November is Guy Fawkes Night or 3rd March when Alexander Graham Bell was born, whilst other dates just have an interesting range of general knowledge facts across all subjects. In my year 2 class we use the book for our 'fact of the day' and then at the end of the week we see if we can remember some of the information from the last five days. The book is fun, colourful and clearly presented, making it an interesting dip in and out of book for all ... plus where else could you find out why you would never want to shake hands with a bush baby?? 96 pages / Ages 7-10 years / reviewed by Laura Anscombe, teacher.
Suggested Reading Age 7+