Captain Kidd's Crew Experiments with Sinking and Floating


Aye, aye, matey! Captain Kidd here, and I'm on an adventure on the high seas. I've always wondered why me boat floats but me treasure sinks. Follow me crew to find out all about sinking and floating!

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Aye, aye, matey! Captain Kidd here, and I'm on an adventure on the high seas. I've always wondered why me boat floats but me treasure sinks. Follow me crew to find out all about sinking and floating!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
The pirate crew explores sinking and floating, buoyancy and gravity, and even a little engineering. Part of a new series of picture books that uses a fictitious narrative to describe basic science, this book focuses on physics. These are difficult topics to explain quickly and with one exception, this book does a good job. The cartoon-like pictures help with the explanations. Cannonballs fall off of the ship and sink, whereas parrot feathers float. "Density is the weight of something compared to its size. When an object is denser than the liquid or gas it is in, it sinks. If it's less dense, it floats." The one misstep in the book is when the pirate named Crusty takes a bath. The narrative says that the displaced water weighs the same as Crusty. However, it should say that the displaced water has the same volume (not weight) as the submerged Crusty...unless he is floating in the bathtub. On a positive note, I really like the way the book does talk about the engineering of a boat and how the shape makes a difference in the buoyancy. This issue is rarely covered in early sink and float books. The pictures are fun, and the cheerful pirate ship idea works well. Backmatter for the book includes a glossary, lists for further reading, Internet Sites via FactHound—a Capstone site that promises to keep the links safe—and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404872363
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: In the Science Lab Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 526,200
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Weakland wears many hats. As an author, he's written books for teachers, including Super Core!: Turbocharging Your Basal Reading Program with More Reading, Writing, and Word Work, published by the International Reading Association. His book topics for children include sports, bacteria, comets, and poetry. Mark's also a reading specialist. He teaches kindergarten children, third graders, parents, and teachers. As a musician and songwriter, Mark sings, plays percussion, and strums the guitar. Many of his songs, including "I Sure Love Pancakes" and "The Dooflicky Machine," have won national awards and contests. Mark lives in Western Pennsylvania.
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