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Pushes and Pulls

Pushes and Pulls

by Anna Claybourne

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Why does air escape from an united balloon?

What stops us from floating away?

How does friction slow things down?


Why does air escape from an united balloon?

What stops us from floating away?

How does friction slow things down?

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Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
This book explores, in simple terms, the forces of pushing and pulling, gravity, friction, and pressure. Experiments and activities are explained and illustrated with colorful photographs and cartoons. An example of friction is shown in a photograph of a boy climbing up a rock in rubber-soled shoes because friction helps them to grip. Another photograph shows a boy swimming in water to illustrate the fact that the deeper that you go in water, the more the water presses and pushes in on you. A simple experiment using an eraser, a ruler, and paper creates a lever and leads into the short explanation of the pivot. Words in bold print are defined in the glossary. The text also includes a table of contents, an index, and notes for parents and teachers that have suggestions for further activities. It is one of the series, "Why It Works." The text is a kid?friendly resource for basic science concepts. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

These titles provide six-to-nine easy-to-accomplish experiments to illuminate scientific concepts. Spreads cover one experiment and related information. For example, Electricity discusses the different types of energy that create the phenomenon and describes how to make a simple circuit, or how to use static to attract pieces of paper to a comb. Light and Dark , one of the strongest books in the set, explains the role light plays in sight, day and night, and color. Kids can make a sundial using a paper plate, clay, and a straw. Materials is most appropriate for kindergartners and includes experiments that test the hardness of items and whether they sink or float. Pushes and Pulls is a great introduction to physics basics such as gravity, pressure, and friction. Featuring many color photographs, some cartoonlike illustrations, and a large font, this series is a first choice.

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
NC680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Anna Claybourne is the author of numerous books on the natural world for young readers, including the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of Planet Earth, Cheetah: Natural World Series, the Survival Skills Handbook, and many more.

She started her career at Usborne Publishing in 1993 as a trainee staff writer, and became a self-employed freelance writer and editor three years later. She writes on almost any subject but specializes in science and nature, and has written many children's books on wild animals (especially predators), volcanoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. Her interest in these topics made researching and writing 100 Most Dangerous Things on the Planet a particularly fascinating experience.

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