The Handy Answer Book for Kids by Gina Misiroglu

Lots of answers to the kind of questions kids like to ask.

The Handy Answer Book for Kids is a great little reference book, filled with pictures and charts and other visual delights. The questions are a lot of fun, ranging from the profound–“Who is God?”–to the trivial–“How does a vacuum cleaner pick up dirt?” Parents will find lots of springboards for great discussions of important ideas and issues. Kids will love all the tidbits of information. There is a good discussion on the biology of how human life begins that doesn’t discuss sex directly, which would allow for an older child to ask questions if they choose.

I had some disagreements with some of the answers that touched on the theological, but I think that the answers are phrased in such a way as to provoke more discussion. I wish it contained a chapter on world religions, or some questions about religion in the world cultures chapter.

Many thanks to Lisa Roe and Visible Ink for the review copy.

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