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Great book - terrible binding
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2018
The FIRST TIME I bought this book I noticed many reviews mentioning the poor binding and pages falling out after a relatively short time, but the reviews of the book were very positive. My then 2-1/2 year old took to this book immediately and it ultimately led to a space-fascination (complete with planets hanging from his ceiling, a birthday party at a space museum, multiple trips to the planetarium, etc...). I will say he learned the names of the planets by heart simply by me reading to him and him "reading" it constantly thereafter. While he obviously doesn't read, he quickly learned every planet based on its first letter. He blew people away when after reciting every planet in order, stating which one's were rocky and which were gaseous and continued by reciting all of the "dwarf" planets, as well. He can also identify various nebula's based on their shape. We hobbled along by taping pages back into the book for almost a year as his space-phase seemed to gradually diminish. But sure enough, while going through his drawer his interest in the book was sparked again. This time he is more aware and thoroughly perturbed from the tape now failing and the pages once again falling out. He's almost 4 and as much as it aggravates me out of principal to have to buy it again, I like that it keeps his interest in reading. He even "pretends" to read aloud by reciting what he thinks the words say. I'm thankful in that sense, but it still is not a reason to distribute books with poorly made bindings as this one is - especially from National Geographic (come on, so many people have those old National Geographic books for decades - why wouldn't they use the same process?? lol). In summary - a great book to cultivate a toddlers interest but expect the pages to fall out within a few months of use. Sorry, but part of the review process is to take all aspects of the product into account and this major issue is a big deduct.
NOTE: I purchased this item on Amazon for full price. I try to write helpful, unbiased and insightful reviews because I also read reviews prior to making my own buying decisions. I notice many reviews lack helpful information, are not well written or give poor reviews based on not reading directions or failing to read the product details prior to purchasing. Writing valuable reviews helps pay it forward.