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Children's LiteratureWhat is the difference between a compound and a mixture? Is water either? From the succinct synopsis of the derivation of the word "atom" to Dalton's contributions in the 1800's, even master chemists will appreciate this overview of chemistry. Simple, clear descriptions are given for covalent and ionic bonding, acid and base reactions, colloids and emulsions. Curious questions and factoids are sprinkled throughout and will hook the young scientist's imagination. Can a fish suffocate? Sodium is a silvery metal and chlorine a poisonous yellowy gas, but when they combine we sprinkle it on food. The photographic presentation adds value and space to each page making the amount of information presented in the text very manageable. Knowledge can be extended with the annotated websites at the end of the book. Further guidance is given with suggested search strategies and an explanation for the difference between a search engine and a search directory. It is helpful that new chemical vocabulary is shown in a bold font in the text and defined at the bottom of each page, as well in the glossary at the end of the book. Part of the "Material Matters" series. 2004, Raintree, Ages 10 up.