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Magnets Push, Magnets Pull
     

Magnets Push, Magnets Pull

by David A. Adler, Anna Raff (Illustrator)
 

We can’t see magnetism, but it’s everywhere around us—even the Earth is a giant magnet! In this fun and accessible book, David A. Adler covers the basics of magnetism. Terms such as attraction, pole, electromagnetism and force are plainly explained, while Anna A. Raff’s lively art illustrates these concepts clearly. Suggested activities

Overview

We can’t see magnetism, but it’s everywhere around us—even the Earth is a giant magnet! In this fun and accessible book, David A. Adler covers the basics of magnetism. Terms such as attraction, pole, electromagnetism and force are plainly explained, while Anna A. Raff’s lively art illustrates these concepts clearly. Suggested activities include instructions to make your own magnet! Kids who read this direct and uncomplicated introduction will learn to appreciate how magnetism powers our world.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
03/01/2017
K-Gr 3—In a friendly tone, Adler addresses readers directly in order to facilitate a hands-on investigation of magnets. ("Do you have a magnet? If you do, you can use it as a metal tester… Test some U.S. coins. Does your magnet stick to any of them?") In the process of reading and testing, kids discover how magnets work to attract metals such as iron, steel, nickel, or cobalt; how they can move objects through paper, water, and glass; how to magnetize a paper clip; and how an electromagnet works. The large cartoon illustrations blend seamlessly with the text to present data and inject a bit of humor. The book begins and ends with a reminder to students that magnets are essential parts of everyday items, which will help them to integrate this information into their daily lives. VERDICT An excellent guide for young children learning about magnetism.—Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York
Kirkus Reviews
2016-12-06
A first introduction to magnets of both the simple and "on and off" sorts, with basic demonstrations of what they can do. Unfortunately, Adler's opening observation that magnets are attracted to "anything made of iron, steel, nickel or cobalt and some less plentiful metals, including neodymium and samarium" may repel more readers than it attracts. After this, he shifts to a level of discourse so basic that the difference between geographical and magnetic north goes unremarked. Then, amid various demos involving magnets and paper clips or iron filings (the latter "available at most hardware stores"), he presents more or less the same instructions twice for determining which pole is which on a bar magnet—and includes a vague warning to remove any nearby item "made of iron, steel, nickel or cobalt" (like what?) so as not to "confuse the magnet." Raff follows suit with very simply drawn illustrations featuring a pair of dark-skinned children performing the experiments in a household setting (as dad vacuums a rug in the background—OK, points there), but in such a schematic way that the homemade electromagnet's wire wrapping doesn't touch the core nail. Not much here to attract interest—particularly as clearer, more carefully written primers on the topic abound. (index, glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823436699
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
01/30/2017
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
875,686
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
AD870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David A. Adler is the author of nearly 200 books for children. He was a New York City mathematics teacher for nine years before becoming inspired to write his first book. When his wife gave birth to their first child, David stayed home to take care of his son and to write, which he has been doing ever since. He lives in Queens, NY with his wife Renee.

Anna Raff is an award-winning illustrator of many children's books. She has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and lives in New York City.

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