Welcome to National Geographic Kids Week here at Mother Daughter Book Reviews.
Welcome to Day 4 of our National Geographic Kids Mega Giveaway. If you missed our earlier posts, we featured a review and giveaway for 100 Things to Make You Happy, How to Speak Cat, and Animal Records so be sure to head on over to both of these giveaways to enter for your chance to win 1 of 2 print copies of each.
Be sure to come back each day this week to enter a new giveaway for a different book. All of the giveaways will close on Sunday, September 20, 2015.
Without further ado, let us continue with Book #4: Brain Games.
Title: Brain Games: The Mind-Blowing Science of Your Amazon Brain (National Geographic Kids) | Author: Jennifer Swanson | Publication Date: July 14, 2015 | Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books | Pages: 208 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: QUICK: Name the most powerful and complex supercomputer ever built. Give up? Here’s a hint: It’s housed in your head and it’s the one thing that makes you YOU. Your brain is mission control for the rest of your body and steers you through life. Not bad for something the size of a softball that looks like a wrinkled grey sponge!
In this fascinating, interactive book — a companion to the National Geographic Channel hit show – kids explore the parts of the brain and how it all works, brainy news nuggets from a neuroscientist, plus fun facts and crazy challenges.
My Thoughts: Brain Games features five chapters worth of mind-bending games, challenges, puzzles, and fast facts designed to explore the limits of the human brain. Among the contents covered in the book include an overview of how your brain turns senses into thoughts; how the brain makes memories; how the brain deals with emotions; how the brain makes decisions; and, how the brain directs the body’s movement.
Within each chapter there are a number of sections, each beginning with a challenge (e.g., “Draw a circle with your left hand and AT THE SAME TIME draw a straight line with your right hand.” or “Start singing the ABC song. Did you get it right? Most people learn that song when they are very young. But you don’t sing it every day, so why was your brain able to recall it?”) Afterwards, there is a simple scientific explanation that describes how the brain is operating to account for how the reader responds to the challenge. Also peppered throughout the text are little sidebars cleverly entitled “Mind Matters”. These contain little snippets of information about the power of the brain.
As with other National Geographic Kids titles, Brain Games is a beautiful book that is laid out in an eye-catching, child-friendly way using varying and colorful fonts, gorgeous photographs, and interesting infographics. But this book in particular is a visual delight with its fun and entertaining “Brain Breaks”. My kids and I had so much fun flipping through the book and just looking for those!
My Bottom Line: Brain Games is another winner from National Geographic Kids! Full of activities, puzzles and fun, this information-packed and beautifully illustrated book will fill your children’s minds while exploring the wonders of the most powerful computer in existence. I highly recommend this title for children ages 8+.
* This book was provided to us by the publisher free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. *
* Giveaway: Brain Games *
Prize: There will be two winners who will each receive a print copy of Brain Games
Contest ends: September 20, 11:59 pm, 2015
Open: United States
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by National Geographic Kids and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.