Fascinating Books from DK Canada
DK Canada has a wide range of great and informative non-fiction books that children, teens and even adults can enjoy.
The first book we looked through was the Math Dictionary. This small paperback is packed with over 400 math definitions. It is a perfect companion for those students struggling with their math homework and it is great for parents who need a refresher on basic mathematical terms and skills. I love how much definitions are accompanied by an illustration to further reinforce the information being shared. The quick reference sections is awesome as it includes symbols and their meanings, useful number words, units of measurement (metric and imperial), conversion tables and multiplication table. This book is recommended for kids 8-12 years of age and retails for $9.99.
The Animal Book is a very comprehensive encyclopedia of different living things on Earth. The sections in this hefty book include: microscopic life, fungi, plants, invertebrates, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. If you are an animal lover, like myself and my kids, you will love this book. Although, the pages on insects were not exactly my favourite ones to flip through. My boys thought they were cool though. (I also urge those who do not like spiders to avoid pages 70-71 like the plague.) What is really neat about this book is that on each page a scale images are provided to see how big the animals are in comparison to the size of a child. The pictures in The Animal Book are stunning and detailed. There is also not a lot of overwhelming text. I learned a few neat facts while flipping through this book. Did you know that a venus flytrap became carnivorous because it often grows in poor soil and needs extra nutrients it can get from insects. It also has a lifespan of up to 30 years! This book is also recommended for those between the ages of 8-12 years and retails for $24.99 (but it is currently on sale for $17.49).
It Can’t Be True brings together amazing and unbelievable facts that maybe you have always wondered about but have never explored further. The book is broken down into four categories: Out of This World, Astounding Earth, Humans and Other Life-Forms, and Feats of Engineering. This book is great for very inquisitive minds like my eight year old son. He always asks us the most difficult and strangest questions that almost seem impossible to answer. This compilation is perfect for the student (or adult) who craves knowledge. Visual comparisons are used to further back up the facts provided. For example, on page 15 it states that more than 1320 Earths would fit inside the planet Jupiter. Another interesting tidbit I learned was that if all of the ice on Earth melted, the sea level would rise up to 230 ft (70 m) and a lot of the major cities we know today would thus be covered by the ocean. The Statue of Liberty would stand waist deep in water! Wow! Data pages are also included and if you are a numbers person, like me, you will get a kick of these pages. It Can’t Be True is recommended for those between the ages of 7-12 years and it retails for $19.99 (on sale for $13.99).
Don’t look at the cover of Mind Benders too long, you may just get a wee bit dizzy. But it sure is a way to catch the attention of readers right off the bat! The purpose of this book is to provide your brain with a very challenging workout and it definitely lives up to its promise. I have never been great at figuring out puzzles and brain benders so this book really put me to the test. My oldest is currently reading through it and enjoys passing the time trying to figure out the problems. It is a great book to help steer the kids away from their electronic devices, especially with the try at home section. I love how hands-on it is! This book is recommended for kids between the ages of 7-12 years and retails for $19.99 (on sale for $13.99).
It has been years since I watched the first three Star Wars movies (and I believe I even saw the first “new” movie with that annoying Jar Jar Binks character) but when I saw that DK Canada had Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles in their catalogue, I had to check it out. Yoda is my favourite Star Wars character of all time. We even had a dog whose ears used to point like Yoda’s and my dad affectionately referred to her as Yoda often. This book is so neat and very detailed! It explains who Yoda is, who his allies are, who his enemies are, and what Yoda lived through. My favourite page is where R2-D2 and C-3PO are featured as they are my second and third favourite characters from the movie. I love how there are pictures of the ships and characters all throughout the book made out of the classic Lego toys! I so want to start collecting these Lego pieces for myself now. My one wish was that the book came with a Yoda Lego figurine instead of a Special Forces Commander. This book is ideal for those between the ages of 6-12 years and it retails for $20.99 (on sale for $14.69).
Make Your Own Gifts features 52 projects you can make and do throughout the entire year. The craft projects range from paper crafts to stitched and beaded projects to molded and sculpted treasures. There is also a section where you learn to bake treats! Who doesn’t love receiving freshly baked goodies as a gift? I know I do! You all know that I am not the best at craft projects but I think even I could handle a few of the simple projects found inside this lovely idea book. One that caught my eye was Candle Glass Jars found on pages 46 and 47 where you take an empty glass jar, cut shapes from tissue paper and use clear varnish to stick the shapes onto the jar. It really looks lovely when the project is complete. Make Your Own Gifts is recommended for kids between the ages of 7-12 years and retails for $15.99 (on sale for $11.19).
Disclosure: I was provided with copies of these books for review purposes. The opinions expressed in the above review are my own and completely honest.