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Why did the Beatles break up? Where do hurricanes come from? If I scrunch my face, will it really stay that way? Although most of us remember the overwhelming curiosity we felt as kids, adjusting to being on the receiving end of a never-ending flow of questions doesn’t come without its challenges; chances are, for example, that by the time you dig out that dusty encyclopedia, your tyke has already moved on to the next question. To aid—and undoubtedly amuse—parents of uber-curious kids, writer Wendell Jamieson has compiled his seven-year-old son’s most baffling inquiries into a book, and found answers to each one (on the Beatles question, he consulted Yoko Ono herself). If his interview in USA Today is any indication, this promises to be one of the most entertaining reference guides out there.

Meanwhile, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have announced a poster contest for children in grades 1 through 8 in order to promote awareness about the illness.  The theme is “Living with Asthma,” and entries are accepted until December 29th. We are all for this creative challenge, because who better to depict the reality of childhood asthma than kids themselves?

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