From the Set Fascinating Facts

Highlights fascinating facts about engineering, from ancient pyramids to space-age telescopes. Learn about the flooded colosseum, a dam large enough to slow Earth's rotation, computers smaller than a grain of rice, and more! Additional features include a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

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  • Introduction
  • Ancient Wonders
  • For the Record Books
  • Incredible Machines
  • Takeoff!
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Index
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey 620
Lexile 760L
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Guided Reading Level Q
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503844612, 9781503847439
Copyright 2021, 2021
Number of Pages 24, 24
Dimensions 9.5 x 8, 9.5 x 8
Graphics Full-color photographs

A noteworthy review of Fascinating Facts from Booklist on May 15, 2021

These new books in the Fascinating Facts series bring together high-interest facts and anecdotes about the title topic. The material is grouped into several loosely related categories or chapters. In Dogs, author Pearson ably guides readers through the dog’s body, domestication, and various breeds, including facts such as that floppy ears, spots, and curly tails are associated with domestication. In Engineering, Smibert describes not engineering concepts but spectacular feats from the ancient world to today’s most futuristic robots and computers, including record-breaking achievements. In History, York covers interesting moments and leaders in both world and U.S. history—with the one jarring note of a photo of Hitler (the accompanying text about his nephew’s role in the U.S. Navy is fine). In U.S. Presidents, Peterson tells a variety of anecdotes about various presidents, although she does not discuss their more substantive political roles. The books’ text generally reads more like a collection of short features than a cohesive narrative, even though it is formatted as a main text with sidebars and captions. Simple but bold and well-chosen stock photos pop from the page, and extensive captions provide space for yet more facts. A glossary and list of related titles and links complete the package. Not deep, but fun and interesting nonfiction that lives up to the series name.

Author: Angie Smibert

Angie Smibert is the author of several young-adult and middle-grade science fiction and fantasy novels. She has also written more than two dozen educational titles just like this one. She was a science writer at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for many, many years. She received NASA's prestigious Silver Snoopy award as well as several other awards for her work.