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Amazing Materials

Amazing Materials

by Sally Hewitt

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Amazing Science" series, this book addresses some of the basic questions of materials science, from the gases to the liquids to the solids. Hewitt examines materials (e.g., bricks, plastics, wood, oxygen, water). She asks which materials take the shape of the containers and how materials change shape. She looks at materials being heated, melted, steamed, shaped, and reshaped. Stunning pictures will draw readers in, and each page has an interactive component that invites the young reader to explore more. For the page on cloth, the interactive "Your Turn!" section says: "Collect pieces of cloth. Cut them into shapes, and glue them onto cardboard to make a picture or pattern." While it is a worthwhile attempt at an early reader science book, it is occasionally too basic and mildly misleading. The section on liquids says (accurately) that liquids take the shape of their containers. Unfortunately, the only picture of a liquid shows the ocean—hardly a container that children can grasp. Secondly, many of the materials Hewitt identifies are actually mixtures or combinations of other materials (e.g., bricks, bread, plastic). Since she explains how materials change, I would have liked her to explain that mixing two or more materials can change the original completely. Backmatter includes an easy experiment, a glossary, and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

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Crabtree Publishing Company
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Amazing Science Series
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Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.20(d)
IG640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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