Children's Literature - Judy KatshThe latest in a series of books sponsored by the Boston Children's Museum, this look at soda is involving and informative. Some of the activities investigate the composition and chemistry of generic soft drinks, while others survey name-brand pops. A third group of activities invites readers to concoct personal choice sodas and do some research into drinkers' preferences. It's a multi-dimensional look at a high-interest subject.
School Library JournalGr 5 UpConcoctions galore fill the pages of this science-experiment book. Clear instructions and easy-to-follow pen-and-ink illustrations, well marked for safety procedures, accompany each step of the activities that range from creating original soda flavors to analyzing commercial soft drinks. Zubrowski's instructions also help young scientists learn the importance of measuring accurately, keeping precise notes, keeping equipment clean, and practicing good lab management, even though the lab may be the kitchen. Scientific method is emphasized. Students and adults looking for new ideas for science-fair explorations will find new approaches here. This title contains less history and much more science than Stephen Tchudi's Soda Poppery (Scribners, 1986).Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
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