Tag archives for Nonfiction
BOOK NAME: Ultimate Weird but True
AUTHOR: National Geographic
Hi Everyone! It’s me, Hunter. I just read a cool book named Ultimate Weird But True. It’s published by National Geographic Kids, so I knew it would be awesome. I just didn’t know how awesome!
The subject of the book is basically what the title says; it’s about stuff that’s weird but true. For example, there’s a real Spider-Man guy who has climbed up the tallest skyscraper in the world. It took him over 6 hours to do this. He just wanted to prove he could do it. My favorite weird but true thing is a dog owner who built his dog a 2-story house. There’s a picture of it in the book, and it’s unbelievable!In fact, all of the photographs are pretty cool.
This is the kind of book that you can pick up and read for a few minutes or for hours. There’s a lot of interesting things to learn about and just about anyone would enjoy it. My grandmother was looking through my copy of Ultimate Weird But True also, and we talked and laughed about some of the neat stuff in it. I usually don’t enjoy nonfiction as much as fiction books, but I thought this one was really cool and exciting. I DEFINITELY recommend this book!
BOOK NAME: Wheels of Change
AUTHOR: Sue Macy
As I read Wheels of Change, the newest book from National Geographic, it really started moving the wheels in my mind. This book takes you through how the bicycle began a chain of events in which women and the general public came to realize that women’s rights, freedoms and expectations were in need of change.
The book starts with a basic history of the bicycle itself with many intriguing facts, images, and short biographies of ladies who led the way. A woman riding a bike back in the late 1800s wasn’t that big of a deal, but when they wanted to become competitive, they realized that the long skirts had to go. Many felt that if women got to wear pants or divided skirts, the whole social system would collapse. Maybe women would even compete with men! In fact, in a race in which a woman challenged a man-she won! This behavior was considered scandalous at that time.
The bicycle aroused wide-spread thinking about women’s rights and their place in society. It opened the way for actions toward equality and women eventually gaining the right to vote. The new freedom that the bicycle gave them opened up the way for different kinds of thinking, a sort of symbol of independence.
I would recommend this book to older readers due to the vocabulary and the topic itself. This book lends itself to have you think about women as activists and their place in society. A pretty heavy topic, but told in an attractive, easy to follow format.
And yes, a big change started with something as simple as a bicycle!