Physical World

Physical World

by Tony Seddon, Jill Bailey

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 Capitalizing on the human fascination with trivia, Seddon and Bailey offer a concise, fact-laden book that offers light but comprehensive coverage of many principles of earth science. The authors are at their best when drawing on material from such areas as physical geology, astronomy, meteorology, and oceanography. The colorful pages are lavishly illustrated with maps, charts, photographs, and cartoons interspersed with sections labeled ``Did you know?,'' in which readers can discover information ranging from the length of the world's longest stalactite to the height of the highest waterspout. There are also frequent tantalizing questions to which answers appear in the back of the book. There is a lot to see and think about on every page. The presentation resembles a kind of smorgasbord, which may be confusing to some students, but may also hold the interest of those with short attention spans, reading difficulties, or those who go to the library mainly for browsing. The text suffers from a few minor inaccuracies and some oversimplification in its presentation of chemistry and physics concepts, but on the whole it is very well done. The Physical World will be useful in middle school or public library collections, particularly those which must meet the needs of students with reading problems. Sue A. Norkeliunas, Arlington Senior High School, LaGrangeville, N.Y.

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Random House Children's Books
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