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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review: I Wish I Knew That: Cool Stuff You Need to Know

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Have you ever been excited to find out you knew something the other kids in your class didn't? Then just think about how you would feel if you knew hundreds of fascinating tidbits-on everything from art, literature, and history to geography, science, and math-from just one quick-and-easy read crammed with fun and cool stuff you shouldn't have to wait to find out about. With I Wish I Knew That you will speed through science, whiz through history, and take a dip into the classic Greek and Roman myths in no time at all. Inside, learn all about...
Classic Reads: A guide to classic children's literature such as Call of The Wild, Anne of Green Gables, The Wind in The Willows, Little Women and Shakespeare. How Land is Shaped and Changed: Erosion, Glaciers, Volcanoes and the world's tallest mountain, largest sea, and longest river. Math Stuff: Jump Into Geometry by learning that the three points of a triangle, whose angles always add up to 180ยบ make measuring more precise. Science at a Glance: The Periodic table which was invented by Dmitri Mendeleyev and beginners' Biology History Stuff: Early explorers, important wars, all the Presidents and British Kings and Queens as well as the names of the countries and their capital cities. Bonus sections include Poet's Corner, Brief History of Music, The World Of Art and Geological Time, In Brief
With I Wish I Knew That you'll boost your general knowledge and jump to the head of the class! ~ goodreads


This review was written by Kevin – (Karen’s hubby)

“There comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.” ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The title of the book is "I Wish I Knew That: Cool Stuff You need to Know" which I found amusing. In my case it should have been titled "I Wish I Knew That: Cool Stuff I Used to Know but from Lack of Use I Forgot".

While this book is aimed at children, I found that it was filled with useful facts that for an adult, will impress your friends or help you get the upper hand in Trivial Pursuit.
The premise of the book as put forth by Martin, Goldsmith and Taylor is that there are a lot of cool things your teachers might not have taught you. This book covers all kinds of subjects; literature, math, history, science, etc.... It doesn't go in depth (they describe it as “bite-size chunks of information”) but it does gives you enough so you won’t look like a deer in the headlights when these subjects come up in conversation.

In my case I had forgotten most of this "cool stuff". It did come back to me as I was reading. In fact, each part of the book brought back memories, especially while reading the Shakespeare section. I remember having to stand in front of class and quote Hamlets soliloquy. I was nervous and had to restart because my teacher said I needed to "feel it". To this day I can still quote it (at least most of it). "Classic Stuff" was another chapter that made me reminisce about Latin and Greek class.
I Wish I Knew That left me a little reflective of my age and how we really don't forget what we learn, we just move it to the back of our brain to make room for newer information like the 800 passwords we now have to remember at any given moment.

Rating: 3.5 out of 4 Overall this is just a fun quick read. Who knows maybe you'll learn something new or just remember things that you've pushed to the back of your mind. For children, the target audience, it may get them interested in subjects such as geography, history, math, science & the arts that were previously of no interest to them.

Source: BEA 2011
Publisher: Reader’s Digest
I Wish I Knew That book series
Buy the book! I Wish I Knew That: Cool Stuff You Need to Know


  1. I wish I could get bf to write a review..make that read a book ;)

  2. This sounds delightful! I process information best in small chunks anyways, and I'm all for any book that makes me seem smarter. :-)