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A new book about poop – yes poop – has become so catchy that its video version was a part of a #1 podcast on iTunes in the kids and family section (the week of September 10, 2012) – ranking above Sesame Street, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. podcasts. Now, the video has over 15,000 views on YouTube. It's a sign that parents, and especially kids, are digging the opportunity to talk "All About Poop" and embracing multimedia!
Kids ask questions about anything and everything. But none can be more challenging - or entertaining and educational - than questions about the human body, especially poop. This "sticky" conversation can become an opportunity to spark a child's curiosity about science.
Kate Hayes, an award-winning mom blogger, was inspired by her 4-year-old's never-ending questions about poop. She partnered up with Jason Lindsey (aka Mr. Science), the award-winning science educator and founder of HookedOnScience.org to get appropriate answers to those questions. Their finished product is an illustrated children's book, All About Poop (Pinwheel Books/Sept 2012) and a teacher's guide.
Through a rhyming, colorfully illustrated tale, young readers embark on a silly but scientific journey from food to a sewage plant, answering all the inevitable questions kids have in a way that engages them with science. Parents and teachers gain valuable insight into how they can make a difference in the way children view their bodies and science, such as:
How we can use discussions about a natural body function - such as pooping - to get kids turned on to science
How parents and teachers can explain sticky topics like human waste
Weird facts about the most natural - but avoided human act
How to explore a child's curiosity even when it leads us to the bathroom
"All About Poop has a very unique, educational, yet fun take on the process of pooping," says Boston-based Pinwheel Books (www.pinwheelbooks.com) Publisher Sylvia Westphal, a mother of five. "It's not your typical "we all poop" book, nor is it a book about going to the potty. It's a book that teaches kids the entire process - from digestion, to what happens to poop when you flush, to why you have to wash your hands afterwards. There is no other book like it for kids.
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