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Children's LiteratureThis title in "The Elements" series explains where nickel is found, how it was discovered, special properties or reactions, and its importance to the body and to everyday life. Full-color photographs show the element in its natural state, in research, and in various uses while museum and archival materials show other aspects. Interesting facts are boxed as "Do You Know?" and frequent atomic diagrams show how various compounds are formed in "Atoms at Work." The pictures are well-captioned. Each entry in the series ends with an explanation and depiction of the periodic table and an explanation of the way one writes and balances a chemical equation. A glossary and an index are included in this useful and clearly-written series 2005, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 11 to 15.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.