Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Different types of energy play a part in our lives. Young readers may explore this informational text to learn basic facts about the types of energy and the sources. Color photographs and diagrams help to support the text. Adult guidance with text features such as the subheadings, captions, and index may help young readers understand the informational text format so that they may use the features to support their comprehension of the content. There are some hands-on experiments in the "Try This…" sections, which assist in understanding concepts about energy; adult supervision is advised for some of the investigations. An explanation of what occurred with each experiment is included; however, further discussion may enrich understanding of the concept. In the back of the book, there is a list of websites for pursuing more information on energy. Those young investigators interested in other areas of the physical sciences may wish to check the other topics in "Science Alive" series. The books in this series follow a similar format and organization. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Designed for newly independent readers, this series introduces each topic through brief sentences, large type, and short paragraphs. Overall, the presentation is clear, utilizing as it does a large format and easy-to-read type. The captioned photographs, spot illustrations, and diagrams correlate well to the topic but are sometimes inadequately labeled. Four experiments in each book demonstrate the principle under discussion. The supplies are mostly household items, and the steps are adequately illustrated. However, at times the vocabulary used and the difficulty of the activities are either overly simple or unnecessarily difficult. Web sites are included for students and teachers but their usefulness is uneven.