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THE FIRST BOOK OF SURPRISING FACTS by Frances N. Chrystie

THE FIRST BOOK OF SURPRISING FACTS

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Publisher: Franklin Watts

There is a nice melange here of about a hundred and twenty odd bits of information from the worlds of plants and animals, people and their customs and physical science. Material ranges in variety and length- from the brief statement that a hippopotamus' sweat is red when he is scared, to slightly longer anecdotes, for instance about the ""vocal chords"" of insects. Kids ought to have fun with this. With animated drawings by Don Phillips, it's a refined version of Ripley's Believe-it-or-Not. But there are a couple of discrepancies we must mention: on the page discussing scallops and flounders, sea horses are pictured; and archery, at one point, is referred to as a ""weapon"" instead of an activity. These are isolated instances, perhaps too small to be noticed, but they should have been easy enough to correct.