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Take an engrossing journey to explore the awesome ideas of science, with Dr. Art as your guide. Travel through atoms, energy, forces, and the universe—and discover that it is all more amazing than you could imagine! Venture beyond the Milky Way with Dr. Art to discover the vastness of space, the depths of time, and how ancient explosions in our galaxy generated stardust that infuses our planet—and even our bodies—to this day. You'll learn why there is no such thing as empty space, how energy and matter are related, and the meaning of Einstein's famous equation!

Then land safely back on Planet Earth to find out from Dr. Art how our own planet works, from the tectonic forces that shake us up to the deadly and delightful partnerships that keep ecosystems in balance. Delve inside the cells of living organisms to learn about protein molecules that work for you and the amazing DNA molecule that carries the genetic code of life. And finally, read about the history of life on Earth and peer into our future, including the environmental issues that challenge us today.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I recommend that all kids read this book full of amazing, incredible facts.  Teachers will find it a great resource.  The excellent pictures in this book will be of great interest."—Annie Liu, Kidsday Reporter (Newsday, July 9, 2006)

"This delightful volume reflects the true nature of science in a way that is truly ... 'joyful'." (National Science Teachers Association, April 2006)

"I recommend that all kids read this book full of amazing, incredible facts. Teachers will find it a great resource. The excellent pictures in this book will be of great interest." (Newsday, July 2006)

"In Dr. Art's Guide to Science, Art Sussman has written a very attractive, easy-to-read, and engaging science book that will help students better understand science taught at the middle school level." (Science Books and Films, July/August 2006)

"Art Sussman has written a very attractive, easy-to-read, and engaging science book that will help students better understand science taught at the middle school level." (Science Books and Films, July/August 2006)

Publishers Weekly
Science gets cooler this spring, as books urge kids to take a closer look at the world around them. Dr. Art's Guide to Science: Connecting Atoms, Galaxies, and Everything in Between by Art Sussman explores topics ranging from the existence and make-up of atoms (in a chapter cleverly called "Whats the Matter?") to the nature of the universe to the theory of evolution. Formatted like a highly accessible and visually sophisticated textbook, the diagrams and direct language will grab kids' attention. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sally J. K. Davies
Silver foil sparkles around the type on the cover of this book, and the back cover glows with four long quotes of advanced praise. Inside, the first two pages of the book are taken up with more lengthy quotes from seven other people, all singing the praises for this book. The book appears to be aimed at the young student who might need more coaching and encouragement to study general science. The layout and design of this book are trendy and inviting to a reluctant scientist. The photographs throughout the book are great but the computer-generated illustrations are weak and amateurish. The writing style is very informal and chatty. However, most of the book appears very long-winded. Take, for example, the explanation of how molecules "dance" together in either a solid, liquid or gaseous state. This is presented as an analogy to "Dr. Art's 50th Anniversary Ball." He compares how guests dance at this gala to how the molecules move in different states. It seems like a fun comparison and yet it takes five long pages to explain it in this book. Dr. Art does have some helpful ideas to get kids thinking about scientific principles. Each chapter ends with one or two "Stop and Think" or "Stop and Do" pages. These not only give a synopsis of the chapter, but also gently push the reader to examine the concepts learned in that particular branch of science. Banners labeled "Big Idea" pull together important information into a simple, short phrase. "Recycling is the ecosystem way of life," appears as one of these big ideas. Other highlighted banners that appear throughout the book are the "Big Definition" banner, the "Updated Greek Definition" banner, and the "Small Idea" banner. A "Small Idea"highlights interesting related facts that have minor importance. The chapters cover the importance of studying science, scientific ideas, atoms, energy, matter, forces, astronomy, geology, ecology, DNA, evolution, the planet's history, and the future of the earth. The back matter contains a "glindex," which is a glossary with page numbers. Dr. Art Sussman is the author of Dr. Art's Guide to Planet Earth, which is also published by Jossey-Bass, an imprint of Wiley Publishers.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Sussman uses a personable writing style to make a case for the importance of science. With humorous references to pop culture and questions designed to encourage critical thinking, he makes scientific fundamentals accessible. A systems approach for understanding science is used throughout. However, to move from atoms to energy, the beginning of the universe, life, evolution, and global environmental issues means a brief overview at best-readers who are seriously curious will require further exploration. Most chapters end with a "Stop & Think" page that describes strategies for better comprehension and retention. Sometimes, questions and activities that encourage reflection are included. Profuse color visuals help to summarize and clarify concepts. Experiments are provided on a Web site. The one experiment in the book deals with the relationship between magnets and electromagnetism and requires materials that are available in a science lab. This attractive volume has several layout mistakes and typographical errors, but they don't mar its overall appeal. A "Glindex" replaces a glossary and an index. Unfortunately, it lacks enough access points to specific information. Neither a textbook nor a reference source, this title will work best as a browsing item.-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787983260
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/3/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ART SUSSMAN, Ph.D., is a science educator and author of the acclaimed and award-winning book, Dr. Art’s Guide to Planet Earth (over 70,000 copies sold). Sussman directs WestEd’s Eisenhower Regional Consortium for Science and Mathematics Education, based in San Francisco and serving science and math educators throughout the West. He directs California’s Building a Presence for Science, a project for NSTA involving 4,800 science educators statewide. In 2000 he received the Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award from the California Science Teachers Association. In addition, Sussman is active nationally with the Council of State Science Supervisors and has assisted Nevada, Utah, Georgia and California in developing their science standards. Aside from his professional responsibilities, Sussman is best known for conducting “Dr. Art’s Planet Earth Show,” a theatrical science performance pitched to kids and adults and performed at education conferences and science centers nationally. As part of his intensive performance circuit planned for 2006, he’s scheduled as keynote presentor at the National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Why Science?

Chapter 2: Two Plus Two Equals Hip-Hop.

Chapter 3: What's the Matter.

Chapter 4: Energy and Dr. Art's 50th Anniversary Ball.

Chapter 5: Forces Be with Us.

Chapter 6: Putting the You in Universe.

Chapter 7: Home Sweet Home.

Chapter 8: Energy on Earth.

Chapter 9: Life on Earth.

Chapter 10: Who We Are.

Chapter 11: The Famous E Word.

Chapter 12: Midnight December 26.

Chapter 13: Where Are We Going?

GlIndex (Glossary + Index).

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