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Investigating Magnetism

Investigating Magnetism

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by Sally M. Walker
     
 

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You know that magnets hold pictures on a refrigerator. But have you ever found a magnet's north pole? Or turned an ordinary paper clip into a magnet? Now you can! Explore magnetism with the fun experiments you'll find in this book. As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on a key science question—How Does Energy Work?

Overview

You know that magnets hold pictures on a refrigerator. But have you ever found a magnet's north pole? Or turned an ordinary paper clip into a magnet? Now you can! Explore magnetism with the fun experiments you'll find in this book. As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series sheds light on a key science question—How Does Energy Work? Hands-on experiments, interesting photos, and useful diagrams will help you find the answer!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Author Sally Walker has written an easy-to-understand picture book on magnets. The five chapters include an introduction to magnets, magnetic materials, how magnets work, magnetic poles, and kinds of magnets. Good photographs illustrate the concepts outlined in the book. For example, the chapter on magnetic materials explains how some magnets are stronger than others. A photograph of a powerful junkyard magnet illustrates this fact. Another example is a photograph of a stainless steel sink with magnets stuck to its surface, showing that magnets can attach to magnetic materials. The author explains that most materials are nonmagnetic and that magnets do not attract nonmagnetic materials. A photograph shows magnetic items, such as paper clips, steel pins, and scissors, and an adjoining photo shows pencils, plastic pens, and rubbers erasers that are not magnetic materials. The chapter on magnetic poles explains the two parts of a magnet, called poles. One is called the North Pole and the other the South Pole. In the chapter titled "Kinds of Magnets," an illustration shows a paper clip's atoms lined up so their poles point in the same direction. Back matter includes further reading, Web sites, and a glossary. 2006, Lerner Publications, Ages 7 to 10.
—Della A. Yannuzzi
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Teachers and parents wanting material for youngsters on magnets will find this book, part of the series "Searchlight Books: How Does Energy Work?" useful and informative. The five short chapters are clear and concise and cover everything from the definition of a magnet in chapter one to magnetic materials, to how magnets perform, an explanation of magnetic poles and concludes with a description of the types of magnets in chapter five. The text is complimented with clear colored photos and charts. Boxed inserts on almost every page provide additional information relating to what is shown in the photos or providing additional facts. Children will easily be able to conduct the simple experiments that help explain how magnets work, the properties of magnetic poles and how to locate a magnet's north pole. The bibliography, index and glossary contribute to the overall helpfulness of the book. Three websites lead youngsters to more resources, trivia questions and data about famous scientists. The attractive cover that shows colorful paper clips covering a magnet is certain to catch the interest of browsers so put the book on display. Purchase is recommended. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761378747
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2011
Series:
How Does Energy Work? Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,116,921
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Sally M. Walker has been a children's book writer for over 20 years. Most of her books are nonfiction and present various science topics to young readers. Fossil Fish Found Alive is the story of the hunt for the elusive fish called the coelacanth. Sally also enjoys combining science investigation with historical topics. Her book Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, which won the 2006 Robert F. Sibert Medal, tells about the history, loss, and re-discovery of the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in battle. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland takes readers on archaeological expeditions, where the forensic analysis of colonial settlers' bones helps us to understand their lives. Sally especially enjoys writing narrative nonfiction that captures the reader's attention with a true story.

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