Are You Psychic?: The Official Guide for Kids

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Psychic phenomena have been raising the hairs on the backs of necks for centuries. Are You Psychic? takes the spooky out of the paranormal world, putting psychic abilities to the test—even your own!

Helaine Becker, with her lighthearted, witty approach, joins mysteries of the mind with the natural curiosity of savvy young readers. What is Extra Sensory Perception (ESP)? Do psychic powers really exist, or can they be explained by science? Better yet, how can we have fun with it?...

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Overview


Psychic phenomena have been raising the hairs on the backs of necks for centuries. Are You Psychic? takes the spooky out of the paranormal world, putting psychic abilities to the test—even your own!

Helaine Becker, with her lighthearted, witty approach, joins mysteries of the mind with the natural curiosity of savvy young readers. What is Extra Sensory Perception (ESP)? Do psychic powers really exist, or can they be explained by science? Better yet, how can we have fun with it? Are You Psychic? is chock-full of exciting activities to try with friends, amazing ways to test psychic abilities, and even exposes the tricks that phony psychics use to fool us.

A refreshing, kid-friendly design and engaging illustrations complement the high-spirited text. This book will spark interest in skeptics and believers alike, providing tools to become your own psychic investigator. Identify and weed out the real thing from the scheming phonies, and have a great time testing friends, family, even your pets!

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Gr 4-6-Becker introduces mental telepathy, mind reading, aura colors, second sight, fortune telling, pendulum reading, scrying, psychokinesis, and more, and includes activities for readers to test out their psychic abilities. For example, there's the "Good Vibrations Challenge," where all they need is a wire hanger and a friend to attempt dowsing. There's a "Do You See It Aura Not?" task where they try to determine a friend's surrounding color. There's even a "Test Your Own Pet" idea. The writing is chatty, friendly, and not too challenging. Cartoon illustrations and colored boxes offering extra information embellish text. "Think About It!" bubbles are fodder for reflection. In one, the audience is told that the scientific process has its limits and cannot prove that a phenomenon does not exist. In another, it asks, "Might you be giving sensory cues to your pet-? How could you design an experiment to prevent this possibility?" While there is a chapter on fakes and phonies, Becker leans toward a pro-psychic stance. This is a solid offering for kids interested in honing their paranormal skills. It is especially recommended for libraries where the 133's are popular.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897066218
  • Publisher: Owlkids Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Helaine BeckerIllustrated by Claudia Dàvila Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada): Toronto

Helaine Becker is an experienced writer of trade books and educational materials for children, including Boredom Blasters (Maple Tree Press) and Mama Likes to Mambo (Stoddart Kids). Helaine has written several after-school programs for the esteemed science instruction provider Mad Science Inc. She also provided educational content to Mad Science’s stage show. Helaine also developed a line of educational arts and crafts kits for the well-known toy manufacturer Alex Panline Inc.

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