Energy Makes Things Happen (Let's Read-and-Find-out Science Series)

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Did you know that energy comes from the food you eat? From the sun and wind? From fuel and heat?

You get energy every time you eat. You transfer energy to other things every time you play baseball. In this book, you can find out all the ways you and everyone on earth need energy to make things happen.

Simple language and humorous illustrations show how energy comes originally from the sun and can ...

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Did you know that energy comes from the food you eat? From the sun and wind? From fuel and heat?

You get energy every time you eat. You transfer energy to other things every time you play baseball. In this book, you can find out all the ways you and everyone on earth need energy to make things happen.

Simple language and humorous illustrations show how energy comes originally from the sun and can be transferred from one thing to another.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-This worthy title uses familiar examples and a clear focus to introduce basic scientific concepts. An opening scene shows children playing ball, flying kites, and cooking and eating hot dogs, with a rock on a hill in the background. Bradley explains that inherent in the scenarios are different kinds of energy. She then tells how the kite uses the wind, the rock converts stored energy into moving energy, and so on, and discusses how the greatest source of power, the sun, makes food, fossil fuels, light, heat, and wind. The author intentionally makes this a very general introduction; not even moderately difficult words such as "potential" or "kinetic" are used. A simple experiment and a game are appended. While rolling a toy car into a stationary one and observing the result can be easily done, tracing energy back to the sun will probably need adult guidance. Meisel's color illustrations of cheerful multiethnic children match the level and tone of the text perfectly, make it more comprehensible, and add to the book's appeal. While educational theorists believe that children can't grasp abstractions until at least age seven, younger readers will gain some familiarity with the concept even if they don't really understand it. Larry White's Energy: Simple Experiments for Young Scientists (Millbrook, 1995) offers a more sophisticated and detailed introduction, along with many experiments, for older readers, but Bradley's title is a good first exposure to the subject.-Louise L. Sherman, formerly at Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Explaining sophisticated scientific concepts in terms that are both interesting and understandable is a rare talent. Bradley (Halfway to the Sky, p. 100, etc.) successfully leaps over that bar in this lively exploration of the broad concept of energy, another offering in the venerable Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. She begins with simple examples of different types of energy, introduces the concepts of storage and transference of energy, and then covers various aspects of energy: wind, types of fuels, food, solar power, and the formation of fossil fuels. Two final pages, set in a smaller type size, offer suggestions for simple experiments using toy cars and a reasoning game thinking of the origins of energy sources. The appealing cover illustration by Meisel (Trick or Treat?, p. 1395, etc.) shows a multi-ethnic group of energetic children hopping along in a sack race, and the lively internal illustrations, done in watercolor and ink, show all sorts of energy in motion: a tug-of-war, kites, hot-air balloons, windmills, and kids playing a variety of sports. Attractive endpapers show a lake scene with children and adults enjoying different kinds of boats, all under the warm glow of the sun. Energetically recommended for most library collections. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064452137
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series: Stage 2
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 150,640
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the author of Energy Makes Things Happen and Pop!, an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. She has a degree in chemistry from Smith College and lives with her husband and two children in Bristol, Tennessee.

Paul Meisel has illustrated many books for children, including Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?, Energy Makes Things Happen, and What Happens to Our Trash? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Wonderful book!

    I got this book to include in my preschool curriculum as a springboard from learning about good nutrition and the body to energy and why things move. The illustrations are fun and clear and captivating to the 3-6 year olds that I teach. It explains in a very simple way how and why things move and what it takes to get that movement. Its not one I would recommend for bedtime reading in that it is an educational story but it is great for the classroom. There are several more in this series that I purchased for the same reasons above. Love these books.

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