Why does air escape from an united balloon?
What stops us from floating away?
How does friction slow things down?
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.
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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