Pop!: A Book about Bubbles

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Bubbles

What are bubbles made of?

Why are they always round?

Read and find out about the science behind soap bubbles, and learn why bubbles always go POP!

Simple text explains how soap bubbles are made, why they are always round, and why they pop.

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Overview

Bubbles

What are bubbles made of?

Why are they always round?

Read and find out about the science behind soap bubbles, and learn why bubbles always go POP!

Simple text explains how soap bubbles are made, why they are always round, and why they pop.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus
What makes a bubble? Why does it pop? What makes it round? These and a dozen other questions are clearly explained in a brief, readable text in this "Let's-Read-And-Find-Out" Stage 1 science title. Bradley (Weaver's Daughter, 2000, etc.), a chemist and a mother of two enthusiastic bubble blowers, is right on target with questions and answers. Explaining that the air inside the soapy skin of a bubble doesn't push out more in one place or another, she effectively offers a mini-physics lesson. Moving on to demonstrate other liquids, she explains why some bubbles pop easier than others. Clear color photographs help to demonstrate each idea, using a racially mixed group of boys and girls blowing, popping, and examining big and little bubbles in various liquids. The author concludes with a recipe for making bubble solution and additional experiments with bubbles. Young readers (and their parents) will have a good time learning new science thanks to this playful offering. (Nonfiction. 5-8)
Children's Literature
What are bubbles made of? Why are they round? Why do they always pop? Investigate the basic science of bubbles with an author who has a degree in chemistry. Vivid photographs and clear, simple text introduce young children to science and help answer questions about one of childhood's greatest joys. Bubbles are simply air trapped inside liquid. They are round because the air inside pushes out evenly against the liquid skin. Bubbles eventually pop because their liquid skin dries out and shrinks, making them unable to hold all the air inside. After learning about bubbles and seeing so many pictures of colorfully captured bubbles, it may be the perfect time to make your own. To do so, follow the bubble solution recipe at the back of the book. You probably have the ingredients in your cupboard. Then you can try some of the experiments that follow. For example, if you make a square shaped wand, will you get square shaped bubbles? All young scientists should give it a try. Part of the "Let's Read-and-Find-out About Science" series. 2001, HarperCollins, $15.95, $15.89, and $4.95. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer:Barbara Kennedy
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Bubbles here, bubbles there, bubbles, bubbles, bubbles everywhere-big ones, small ones, single ones, or in a stream. Some float gently, while some pop immediately. No matter what they are made of or how or where they are produced, they are always round, never square. A simple, accurate text that is also fun to read explains these facts. Delightful color photographs of charming children making bubbles and of bubbles floating freely reinforce and extend the text. Children will want to participate themselves to test the data. The book includes a page of experiments and a recipe for making a solution (which may need some adult help to prepare). This is science learning at its best.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
What makes a bubble? Why does it pop? What makes it round? These and a dozen other questions are clearly explained in a brief, readable text in this "Let's-Read-And-Find-Out" Stage 1 science title. Bradley (Weaver's Daughter, 2000, etc.), a chemist and a mother of two enthusiastic bubble blowers, is right on target with questions and answers. Explaining that the air inside the soapy skin of a bubble doesn't push out more in one place or another, she effectively offers a mini-physics lesson. Moving on to demonstrate other liquids, she explains why some bubbles pop easier than others. Clear color photographs help to demonstrate each idea, using a racially mixed group of boys and girls blowing, popping, and examining big and little bubbles in various liquids. The author concludes with a recipe for making bubble solution and additional experiments with bubbles. Young readers (and their parents) will have a good time learning new science thanks to this playful offering. (Nonfiction. 5-8)
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Meet the Author

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the author of Energy Makes Things Happen and Pop!, an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. She has a degree in chemistry from Smith College and lives with her husband and two children in Bristol, Tennessee.

In Her Own Words...

"When I was growing up, my mother was the family photographer. Often I would stand at her side in the darkroom watching the image mysteriously appear in the developer. I thought it was magic.

"After college I worked in children's book publishing for eight years and then took time off to be at home with our two children, Kate and Jacob. Like my mother, I became the selfappointed family photographer, and I quickly discovered how Much I enjoyed taking pictures. I loved the pursuit of my subject; the tension of waiting to press the shutter; and the thrill of realizing that I had captured a special moment.

"I went back into the darkroom with my mother, but this time as her student. I took courses and I read about photography, but mostly I practiced with my camera, taking pictures everywhere—from family gatherings to grade school portraits.

"My ideas for my books have been inspired by my experiences with our children. My son's love of hats, the silly guessing games we played on long trips, and my daughter's delight when she learned to tie her shoe are the starting points for my books.

"Working as a photographer with young children is challenging because it is so unpredictable. A three-year-old may cooperate for five minutes or two hours. It's my job to make the photo session into a play date because if the child is having fun, the pictures will be natural and full of life. I photograph the children in my neighborhood, not professional models, because I want them to look like the everyday kids who read my books.

"I feel very lucky to be a writer and photographer of children's books. Through my camera I am blessed with a strong connection to my past as well, and each book is a brand new adventure in the future."

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