BrainJuice: Science, Fresh Squeezed!

BrainJuice: Science, Fresh Squeezed!

by Carol Diggory Shields
     
 

General science never stops! You have to learn earth science, space science, life science, chemistry, and physics - and that's way too much! But before you administer hot compresses to the head and herbal tea for settling the nerves, try Science, Fresh Squeezed!
As American History, Fresh Squeezed!, the first in the BrainJuice series, did for our

Overview

General science never stops! You have to learn earth science, space science, life science, chemistry, and physics - and that's way too much! But before you administer hot compresses to the head and herbal tea for settling the nerves, try Science, Fresh Squeezed!
As American History, Fresh Squeezed!, the first in the BrainJuice series, did for our country's past, Science, Fresh Squeezed! offers everything you need to know and understand about the entire body of scientific knowledge. Extracted from unreadable tomes, reduced to its essence, served up in hilarious poetry by Carol Diggory Shields, and garnished with off-the-wall drawings by Richard Thompson, these 41 poems will make another science class completely unnecessary. No guarantees on grades, though!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For the scientifically and poetically inclined, the 41 poems in Brain Juice: Science, Fresh Squeezed! by Carol Diggory Shields, illus. by Richard Thompson, distill scientific facts into simple formulas via clever rhymes and mnemonics. In the tragic romance, "Chemical Reaction," Shields writes, "He was acid, she was alkaline./ He wasn't her type, but he thought she looked fine." Political cartoonist Thompson's exuberant drawings combine with the text to supersaturate the pages with wit and levity. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Following up on American History, Fresh Squeezed (Handprint, 2002), Shields continues her humorous looks at school subjects. This collection of 41 poems is divided into four sections: "Earth and Space Sciences," "Life Sciences," "Chemistry," and "Physics." All of the selections are brief; some are quite clever and others are forced. Some children might find the new words to "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider and the Water Cycle" easy to remember and therefore a help with learning about this process. The same is true of "Inside of Old Smokey," which describes the ins and outs of volcanoes. Related tidbits and facts highlighted by green borders run across the tops of most pages. For example, a poem about the levels of the atmosphere is supplemented by a mnemonic device to help youngsters remember what they are called: "Trolls Seldom Take Exams" (Troposphere, Stratosphere, Thermosphere, Exosphere). Small, vigorous pen-and-ink cartoons appear throughout the book. The factual content is accurate, and the witty poetry just might draw science-phobic children into learning about these topics.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593540050
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
07/15/2003
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,293,303
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Carol Diggory Shields is a poet, a humorist, and a librarian — the perfect qualifications for reducing immense bodies of knowledge into a very few lines of extremely funny verse. Grateful teachers and students can direct fan letters to her in Salinas, Cal

Richard Thompson is a political cartoonist whose work appears regularly in the Washington Post and US News & World Report. This is the first book he has illustrated for children. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, Amy, and their two young boys.

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