Weird But True USA by NatGeo Kids
Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 7
Series: Weird but True
Library Binding: 208 pages
Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books (March 19, 2019)
It’s weird. It’s true. And now, it’s red, white, and blue! Explore the wonderfully wacky side of the United States of America Weird But True! style.
Calling all patriots! Get ready to explore wacky wonders, facts, stats, tidbits, and trivia about America’s 50 states and territories! Did you know that there is a floating post office in Michigan? Or that a library book checked out by George Washington was returned to a New York City library 221 years late? Maybe you’d be amazed to discover that the ink used to print U.S. paper money is magnetic? In this latest and greatest edition of Weird But True!, you’ll encounter all kinds of bizarre people, places, events, and things that make our country great.
This book is another example of adults being able to enjoy books geared toward children. I love NatGeo Kids books!
I really enjoyed reading this book and I learned quite a bit. Here are a few things I learned:
1. An NFL game lasts longer than 3 hrs. but the ball is only in play for an average of 11 minutes.
2. In 1965 the Ohio General Assembly made tomato juice Ohio’s official beverage. Adoption of an official beverage coincided with the Tomato Festival held in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. (I never knew this even though I grew up in Columbus and went to Jr. High in Reynoldsburg. )
3. California sea otters have pouches under their arms for storing rocks which they use for opening clams.
4. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was originally named From Kansas To Fairyland
5. There’s enough water in Lake Superior to flood all of North and South America in one foot of water.
6. The spelling of the word Pennsylvania on the Liberty Bell is mispelled Pensylvania.
It’s a short book at just over 200 pages, but it’s page after page of interesting facts that few people are aware of.
I think people of all ages would enjoy it and learn a lot from it.
I recommend this book to anyone of any age and will be reading more from NatGeo Kids.