Forces Make Things Move

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Forces are at work all around you. They affect things as small as a toy car and as big as the earth! Forces make things move, but they also make things stop. Some forces are very strong, but other forces are so weak, you can't feel them at all. But what are forces, and how do they work? Read and find out!

Simple language and humorous illustrations show how forces make things move, prevent them from starting to move, and stop them ...

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Forces are at work all around you. They affect things as small as a toy car and as big as the earth! Forces make things move, but they also make things stop. Some forces are very strong, but other forces are so weak, you can't feel them at all. But what are forces, and how do they work? Read and find out!

Simple language and humorous illustrations show how forces make things move, prevent them from starting to move, and stop them from moving.

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Explaining the laws of physics to young children just got a little easier. To explain force and how it works in the world, the author uses, for example, a toy car to illustrate the push/pull of force. The same toy car explains weak force, while a full-sized car is an example of strong force. No explanation of force would be complete without including the role of friction and gravity as they affect force in the moving and stopping of things. The writing is concise and complete but never too technical for primary-grade readers. Using everyday objects as models and incorporating them into humorous illustrations, the material is covered in an engaging manner. The experiment on friction will give kids a hands-on approach and help to reinforce the concepts studied. Classroom teachers and science teachers will find this an excellent supplemental choice to support the curriculum. Part of the "Let's-Read-And-Find-Out" science series, this is a Stage 2 book. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 7 to 9.
—Beverley Fahey
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Simple language and appealing illustrations combine to elucidate the tricky concept of force in this solid Let's-Read-and-Find-Out offering. Bradley's narrative builds in complexity from the simple to the sophisticated to discuss reciprocal forces, friction and gravity-including a nicely comprehensible explanation of the gravitational force that exists between any two objects, not just the earth's. The reader takes the position of experimenter with a direct second-person address, using universally kid-friendly examples to illustrate Newtonian physics: "If you push a toy car, it pushes back against you with the exact same force. . . . If you push the toy car, your force makes the car start moving. So if the toy car is also pushing you, why don't you start moving? Because you are so much heavier than a toy car." Meisel's happily multicultural cartoon cast of kids puts toy cars, real cars and big brothers through a variety of scenarios, in a visually harmonious accompaniment to the text. A concluding spread introduces an activity that will allow kids to test differing amounts of friction-using toy cars, of course. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)
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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 What's So Bad About Gasoline?, Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?, and Energy Makes Things Happen in the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut.

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