About the Book
Everything takes on exciting new meaning when you look at it through the lens of numbers. Even boring, everyday stuff like can openers, snowflakes, rain, and honeybees becomes fascinating when you realize that:
- The can opener was created 48 years after food was first put in cans (before that, people were using a hammer and chisel to open their beans)
- It takes a snowflake 1 hour to fall to the ground
- There are typically 16 tons of rain in one small, fluffy cloud
- Honeybees must visit 2 million flowers to make about a pound of honey
My Take on the Book
If you love facts, especially facts that include numbers, you will really enjoy reading this book. There are over 60 different topics to choose from. Some of the topics are of number facts about the Titanic, the Wild West, Wicked Weather, Dangerous Animals, Knights and Castles, and the list goes on.
Her are two examples of facts about the Wild West. There were 28 robberies that were attributed to Black Bart who wore a mask made from a flour sack. Here is another Wild West fact: in 1892, 23 bullets hit an outlaw names Emmett Dalton in a shootout.He survived the shootout. He was in prison for 14 years and then became an actor and real estate agent.
Another set of pages is devoted to the Arctic and Antarctic. Here is one amazing fact about a caterpillar who lives in that cold area. It takes 14 years for the Woolly Bear Caterpillar to become a butterfly. It freezes solid every winter and thaws in the spring to feed.