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Children's LiteratureThe basic notions of forces and motion are explained in this wonderful picture book that explains these scientific concepts in an easy to understand way for young children. Several farm animals on their way to the farmers market need to get the donkeys to pull the cart full of goods to the market. Along the way, they need to pull the cart to start the wheels rolling and push the cart up the hill, and they then watch as gravity pulls them down the hill. When the animals get stuck in the mud, children can predict which force will be needed to get the cart moving again. The end of the book has a further explanation of "All About Forces," a list of "Useful Words," "Fun Facts," an index and further books to read along with information to reach the publishers safe, reviewed Web sites. This is a highly recommended picture book to help explain force and motion in a friendly fiction format. This is part of the "First Look: Science" series. 2005 (orig. 2001), Picture Window Books, Ages 3 to 7.
—Melissa A. Caudill