Fireworks make any celebration a major event. Oohs and aahs accompany the spectacular light and sound show. But fireworks have a secret. Behind the fire and aerial displays is a lot of science. "Where's the Science Here?" answers the question for fireworks and reveals that they are more amazing than you ever imagined!
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Fireworks make any celebration a major event. Oohs and aahs accompany the spectacular light and sound show. But fireworks have a secret. Behind the fire and aerial displays is a lot of science. "Where's the Science Here?" answers the question for fireworks and reveals that they are more amazing than you ever imagined!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
On the 4th of July, displays of fireworks light up the skies all over our country. Viewers "ooh and aah" throughout, awaiting the grand finale that sometimes seems to have no end yet other times is far too short. Regardless, these displays are stunning, and the science behind their production is far more complex than one might think. The evolution of fireworks starts in this book with a discussion of playing with fire, the discovery of black powder, cannons, and mortars. Exploding shells, the colors and timing of the fireworks, and avoiding nasty surprises follow. The treat for readers is the number of science experiments that can be done with materials commonly found at home. Growing a crystal garden, and performing a flame test to see what colors certain metals give off when their compounds are heated are just two of them. See if you can visualize your favorite fireworks--could it be a Chrysanthemum with Titanium Salute or a Gold Brocaded Kamuro? Discover the names of many popular displays, as they are described and photographed at the end of the book. The author has written a number of books for children that aim to combine science and fun. This book is part of the "Where's the Science Here?" series that also includes the titles Junk Food, Sneakers, and On Stage and is highly recommended 2006, Millbrook Press, Ages 9 to 12.
—Cindy L. Carolan
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Cobb employs a conversational and engaging voice in these texts, and this, coupled with colorful photographs on every page, will stimulate readers. The reading level is quite advanced, but younger students could enjoy the books with an older reading buddy. All three titles include experiments to do under adult supervision. From pictures of different types of display formations to those of chemicals being loaded into mortar tubes, readers will find interesting illustrations that support the text in Fireworks. They will learn about the science of pyrotechnics and be exposed to words like "chemical reaction," "combustion," and "lift charges." Sections offer a historical overview of the evolution of the study of fire, the mechanics of "building" fireworks (including how to add different colors), how explosions are timed, and how pyrotechnicians avoid "nasty surprises." In Junk Food, readers encounter words like "atmospheric pressure," "dissect," "susceptor," "molecules," and "calcium oxide," as well as myriad other scientific terms. Sections devoted to good nutrition are included, and children will learn how to read and interpret a "Nutrition Facts" label. From photographs of the inside of a sneaker factory to X-rays of the foot to a picture of how rubber is extracted from a rubber tree, readers will find a new angle to spark their interest in Sneakers. They will learn about how sneakers are designed and made, and even how to test their fit. Attractive choices that relate science to topics that fascinate kids.-Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761327714
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Where's the Science Here? Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

You'll Get a Bang Out of This 7
Playing with Fire 9
Black Powder 14
Cannons and Mortars 21
Exploding Shells 25
Colors in the Sky 32
Timing the Explosions 36
Avoiding Nasty Surprises 40
The Names of Fireworks 45
Key Words 46
Index 47
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