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Oct. 18, 2005

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Cooper, Christopher. Eyewitness: Matter. DK CHILDREN; 1st American ed edition (September 15, 1999).

boiling waterISBN: 0789448866
Ages 9-12

     The creators of the distinguished Eyewitness series have maintained the same high standards of writing and illustration in these four inaugural Eyewitness Science titles. Sharp, seemingly three-dimensional photos and intricate drawings accompany skillfully distilled texts that explain complex scientific principles and issues without oversimplifying them. In each large-format book, pictures and text work together to offer a lucid chronicle of pertinent experiments, discoveries and inventions from ancient times to the present. Whether in search of a quick answer or interested in delving into a topic in detail, youngsters will find that these information-packed books fill their needs handily. Ages 8-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

David Roxbee-Cox. Atoms and Molecules. E.D.C. Publishing (January 1, 1993). Atom Model

ISBN: 0746009887
Young Adult

As a physical science teacher, I consider this book to be an awesome resource in my classroom. The easy to read text combined with the colorful illustrations makes this book a "must have." Atoms and molecules have never been easier to comprehend.

Mebane, Robert C. and Thomas R. Rybolt. Adventures With Atoms and Molecules: Chemistry Experiments for Young People (Adventures With Science , No 1). Enslow Publishers (September 1, 1998).

ISBN: 0766012247
Ages 9 - 12     

     These 30 chemistry experiments have been carefully written to demonstrate the logic, simplicity and effectiveness of the scientific method. Each experiment is designed to answer a specific question which is clearly answered by following correct scientific procedure. All materials used can (truly) be purchased at a grocery store. Procedure for each experiment is fully explained in the text. Procedures calling for adult assistance are used five times; however, students needing help passing a weak electric current through solution may not need help slicing an apple or turning on an oven. Close observation is required to answer the questions asked about each experiment. Complete explanations of observations and results are followed by specific suggestions for modification of each experiment to further understanding of the principle being studied. These are simple experiments, accessible to even reluctant or intimidated science students. What this book lacks is excitement; if that is supplied by other students or adults, the book will be an excellent resource for at-home or in-school investigations. Dull, unimaginative computer-generated diagrams belie the integrity of the text. Allen Meyer, Vernon Area Public Library District, Prairie View, Ill. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Osborne, Louise, and Deborah Hodge, The Ontario Science Centre, Adrienne Mason. Solids, Liquids and Gases (Starting With Science). Kids Can Press (March 1, 2000).A Beaker and a Boy

ISBN: 1550744011
Ages 7-10

     Using primary background colors and attractive, enthusiastic children as models, the format of this series is spacious and packs visual punch. Each book contains 13 experiments that are clearly explained in the full-color photographs and step-by-step directions. The texts are set in blocks that list the materials needed, the methodology, and an explanation of the principle shown. The properties of matter are explained using common experiments such as making ice cream. In general, safety precautions are indicated in the text or illustrated in the photographs. Expansions of each activity are included in an appendix.

Zoefeld, Kathleen Weidner, and Paul Meisel. What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2). HarperTrophy (September 30, 1998)

ISBN: 0064451631
Ages 4-8

     A fact-filled, accessible study of solids, liquids, and gases. The book gives examples of each state of matter and some simple activities that demonstrate the attributes of each. The last page presents three related science experiments. The author's use of sentence fragments, such as "Water flowing in the creek," is bothersome, but the humorous illustrations add to the text and provide a good mix of children of both genders and various races enjoying science. The page layout makes this title suitable for use with groups; the easy-to-read text makes it a good choice for independent reading and research. Teachers will delight in the clear definitions and examples used to introduce concepts that are often offered on a much higher level.
Marty Abbott Goodman, L. J. Bell Elementary School, Rockingham, NC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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