Eyewitness: Matter. DK CHILDREN;
1st American ed edition (September 15, 1999).
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.
Atoms and Molecules. E.D.C. Publishing
(January 1, 1993).
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).
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).
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)
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
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