Thursday, March 3, 2011

one million things

9780756652586Lone million things – a visual encyclopedia

Published by DK Canada

About the book

Inside is a stunning, comprehensive visual encyclopedia featuring gorgeous photography that not only illustrates, but educates. This encyclopedia is driven by its striking imagery that brings more than one million things to light. It is a crucial addition to homes and classrooms alike.

In true DK fashion, the photography in this book does all the talking

The encyclopaedia features more than one million things!

Rather than string together multiple photos of objects, the Visual Encyclopedia features sweeping single-shots that encompass a multitude of objects, making for a seamless and striking presentation

Our Thoughts

If your child or even yourself is looking for quick information on nature, human body, science and technology, space, earth, people and places, history as well as art and culture, this is the book for you.   One million things has exactly that many items in it.IMG_6234

The images included in this book are totally stunning and  full of life.   For example, this flower on the right side is presenting the different parts of the flower.  The text accompanying this beautiful flower will give more information about the different parts of the flower.   The book is also very creative in how the information is presented.   For example, you never know until you have turned the page if you will have to turn the book to be able to read the text.   Another example, would be the earthquakes page.  The pictures are ripped and taped with scotch tape.  In a way it is mounted as though it was a scrapbook page on the important earthquakes that happened in the past.   Not all are listed but it is a good representation of the damage an earthquake can produce.   The Tsunami of 2004 is mentioned and reading about it reminds me of how my friend Al, who is a missionary in Thailand, got involved in the aftermath of the tsunami just because he was fluent in English, French and Thai.    This was an experience he won’t forget anytime soon!

More specifically the book will give you information about the following subjects.

NATURE:  plants, trees, flowers, fruits, fungi, animal kingdom, plankton, insects, insect anatomy, fish, feeding, crustaceans, amphibians, life cycles, attack and defense, reptiles, mollusks, shells, birds, eggs, movement, living together, mammals, sleep and skulls.

HUMAN BODY: cells, skeleton, muscles, body systems, respiration, blood, skin, hair, and nails, brains, senses, reproduction, genetics, nutrition and health.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: elements, molecules, acids and bases, chemical reactions, states of matter, water, materials, gravity, dynamics, magnetism, electricity, electromagnetic spectrum, color, machines, technology, robots, transportation, andscientists.

SPACE: universe, galaxies, stars, constellations, sun, planets, moons, comets, meteorites, telescopes, space exploration, and space travelers.

EARTH: planet earth, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, mountains, oceans, rocks and minerals, gems, metals, fossils, dinosaurs, weather, erosion, rivers, caves, climate zones, farm crops, and environment.

PEOPLE AND PLACES: Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Europe, Australasia, Antarctica, flags, maps, economy, the state, US presidents, religion, festivals, cities, and extreme living.

HISTORY: prehistory, first civilizations, classical world, medieval life, American civilizations, seafarers, war, revolutions, industrial revolution, disease, money and 20th century.

ART AND CULTURE: art, architecture, symbols, language, literature, media, photography, theater, movies, dance, music, orchestra, and sports.

Also included at the end of the book is a reference section which contains interesting tidbits of information about the various subjects contained in the book.   For example, as you know ladybugs eat aphids…   But did you know that aphids are born pregnant and can give birth just 10 days after they are born themselves?   Fascinating.    A domestic rabbit can give birth to 20 babies a month.  A month?   I wonder how many babies a wild rabbit can have in a month because we do have some in our backyard….  One in 2,000 babies is born with a tooth – yeah well my husband’s twin aunts both were born with tooths apparently…   how about that for a statistic (there were 13 kids in the family!)?  LOL  The last few pages in this reference section is packed with fun tidbits that could be used in your facebook or twitter status line once in a while.   Just to spike the interested of your friends and learn together about various things in our world.

One million things in an interesting reference book that will keep your kids digging for more fun facts about the world.

One million things is available at your favourite bookstore, even

Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way.  All opinions expressed here are only my own.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this lovely review, I might take a look and grab one in the future. Thanks for sharing! :)

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