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50 BURNING QUESTIONS by Tanya Lloyd Kyi


A Sizzling History of Fire

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi & illustrated by Ross Kinnaird

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-55451-221-8
Publisher: Annick Press

This lighthearted, informative look at a fascinating subject poses such playfully provocative questions as "Who's for dinner?" and "Would you like some gunpowder in your stew?" and should spark interest in reluctant readers. Lloyd Kyi answers these questions in engagingly written vignettes that reveal how important fire has been and continues to be in nearly every aspect of human life. Since it was harnessed by our human ancestors, fire has been used in hunting, cooking, lighting, manufacturing, communication, religious rituals, energy production, weaponry, transportation, torture and execution, conservation and a multitude of other applications. Interspersed throughout the text are simple fire-related activities readers can perform utilizing a few common household items (only about half involve open flames; those that do advise adult help). Kinnaird's colorful cartoon illustrations complement the text's humorous tone, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the comedy inherent in scorch marks. Accessibly written and appealingly designed, the book is formatted in a way that it can be either browsed or read cover to cover. (further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)