Big Questions from Little People (book review and quotes)


I forget how this book got into my pile but it has been truly enjoyable.  Gemma Elwin Harris collected questions children in ten elementary schools and took those questions to some of the smartest authors, scientists, and doctors to get the answers.  Big Questions from Little People: and Simple Answers from Great Minds is a great book, one that might show up on my bookshelf after I return the library copy.  Here were a few of my favorite questions and answers.  These are all direct quotes.

What are atoms?

There is so much empty space inside atoms that if you were to squeeze out all the empty space from all the atoms in all the people in the world, they would fit in the volume of a sugar cube.

How are dreams made?

Dreams are a way for the mind to rearrange and tidy itself up after the activities of the day… During the day, things may happen that frighten us, but we are so busy we don’t have time to think properly about them. At night, while we are sleeping safely, we can give those fears a run around.

Why do monkeys like bananas?

They love bananas because they’re sweet and tasty…Bananas are soft and squashy, so monkeys can eat them fast.

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