Well, we have had the book The Way Things Work on our shelves for quite some time now. The edition that we have was actually my husband’s when he was a child. All I can say is that this book is amazing. My son will sit an look at the pictures for a very, very long time. Not only does he look at the pictures, but the illustrations are so good that he is able to figure out how many of the different machines an tool work from those pictures. He will study one machine for a few day by continuing to go back to the same pictures. It seems that is all he talks about for those days until he has it figured out in his mind. There was a week where all he talked about were water faucets.
The way that he goes through this book is completely self directed. He picks something that looks interesting and it goes from there. One day he took the book outside and was sitting on the porch for a good hour reading away. This is one of those books that I think every house should have.
This book has been updated and this updated version has awesome reviews on Amazon.