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by Matt Mullins

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Electricity is all around us, but at the same time, it is a topic in science that may go unnoticed by kids. Part of "A True Book" series, Mullins introduces the concept of electricity, circuits used in our houses, static electricity found in nature, batteries, and the way we move electricity into our homes. Sidebars explain some of the science history, including work by Benjamin Franklin and James Faraday. The text is easy to read and illustrated with bright pictures and intriguing captions. My only complaint is a sin of omission. Mullins does not mention where most of our electricity comes from. There is a nice sidebar on wind farms and solar farms, but no discussion of more widely used coal-burning plants, leaving the impression that all electricity comes from these kinds of sources. However, since the main focus of the book is to explain the movement of the electrons, it is still an excellent book. As is true with all the books in this series, Mullins starts with a single question quiz, saying everything you read in this book is true except for one of sentences on the first page. This hook works well to draw the reader in, looking for the answer. Back matter includes a glossary, index, and list of further resources. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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A True Book
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Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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