Reading is such a big part of my life – I even made a goal to read 50 books this year! – and I want it to be a big part of my kids’ lives too. My husband and I read with them daily and I take the to the library almost every week. Reading is a great way to unwind, to escape, and to learn. The DK Canada Eyewitness books are great for the last one: learning. These books are FULL of info on all sorts of topics. I was recently sent three books to review and I chose ones I thought my kids would like: DINOSAUR, OCEAN, and CAT.
DINOSAUR covers everything you need to know about dinosaurs and starts off explaining when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. It talks about how we know about dinosaurs even if no one has ever seen one, and how they lived, the different dinosaur shapes and sizes, what they ate and how they defended themselves. At the end there is a section about what we can do to learn more with concrete examples like visiting museums and going on a dig. This has spurred an interest in digging for dinosaur bones and I don’t have the heart to tell my kids that they won’t find any in the garden in the backyard.
OCEAN is a little different because the book covers not only the creatures that live in the ocean, but everything having to do with these great bodies of water. The kids really liked seeing the different zones that they recognize from the show Octonauts, and I liked the section at the back with some quick facts. Like, did you know that the biggest fish is the whale shark and it can grow up to 41/5 feet long while the smallest fish, the Marshall Islands dwarf goby, is a mere 1/4inch?
CAT features a beautiful tiger on the cover and includes info on the tiniest to the biggest cats, and the history of cats including their domestication. We were pleased to spot a Devon Rex in the Curious Cats section because that’s the kind of cat we have. We learned about wild cats and how to care for our little cat, the similarities and differences between the two, and how to identify different breeds.
The Eyewitness books aren’t necessarily ones you can read in one sitting, but are encyclopedic and perfect for gathering facts on interesting topics. Just check out the other titles in the series: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Crystal & Gem, Dog, Gandhi, Hurricane & Tornado, Rocks & Minerals, Titanic, Wonders of the World, World War I, and World War II.
These books are available in soft cover in Canada for the first time. They make a GREAT addition to any library and will be read over and over for years to come. Right now you can pick them up for 30% off (less than $8 each). Imagine having these beautiful books for your kids.
DK Canada Giveaway
Enter to Win DK Canada Eyewitness books: Dinosaur, Cat and Ocean! (value $24)
Giveway ends on September 8th, 2014 at 11:59 ESt and only Canadian residents can enter.
Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.