States of Matter

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Children's Literature - Colleen Kessler
Part of the "Why Chemistry Matters" series, this book takes a complex subject and breaks it down into manageable chunks of text and photographs. The topics covered include information about the states of matter, changes from one state to another, properties of matter, and "spotlights" on water and air—all important topics in the middle school science classroom. Sometimes matter seems overwhelming to kids, but this book helps this topic become approachable. This book will hold the interest of even the most reluctant scientist by highlighting interesting items like plasma and focusing on the facts that everything is made up of matter and that things can change states. A fun feature is the placement of information "bubbles" scattered throughout the text. In each bubble, a fact is presented about something on the page. This is a clever way to interest the reader in different aspects of the topic without adding another side bar. On top of the great information found in this book, it features a user-friendly glossary, index, and web-finder. Kids can look up difficult words, find specific information quickly, and locate web sources where they can learn more about chemistry. Reviewer: Colleen Kessler
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Gr 5-8

The titles fairly describe the content in these volumes, which will work as standalones. Chapters are brief and focused. The texts, which contain some mistakes, are lean, with sidebars and graphic callouts adding detail, reinforcement, or background information. Notable scientists and their discoveries are included along with a few hands-on suggestions. Occasionally awkward wording will confuse readers, and many captions don't take advantage of their power to instruct. Full-color backgrounds with captioned photos and graphics fill every page, often overpowering the texts. Although they are gorgeous, the photos sometimes function as filler where a diagram would have been more helpful. The accompanying list of URLs is uneven. An attractive but disappointing series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778742517
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Series: Why Chemistry Matters Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,237,066
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: IG810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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