The Elements (Scholastic Discover More Series)

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Scholastic Discover More is a revolutionary new nonfiction line pairing stunning print books with corresponding interactive digital books that extend the learning online.

THE ELEMENTS unlocks a free 64-page digital companion book, ELEMENTS COLLECTOR, offering even more information, photos, and videos!

Discovering the elements is discovering life itself. What are we made of? What keeps us and our universe in motion? Everything we are, and see ...

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Overview


Scholastic Discover More is a revolutionary new nonfiction line pairing stunning print books with corresponding interactive digital books that extend the learning online.

THE ELEMENTS unlocks a free 64-page digital companion book, ELEMENTS COLLECTOR, offering even more information, photos, and videos!

Discovering the elements is discovering life itself. What are we made of? What keeps us and our universe in motion? Everything we are, and see around us, and create, is made up of a little over 90 elements, many of which have existed since the beginning of time and space. This book is more than a walk through the periodic table. It explains the tremendous forces of star birth and death that create elements. It chronicles the history of their discovery and the impact of their science on every aspect of our daily lives, from medicine to technology, architecture to the environment. Beautiful photographs and modern graphics make apparently ordinary substances, their extraction and their changes look as extraordinary as they truly are.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Iron is called a tough cookie; calcium is nicknamed the builder; and copper is old faithful. Dan Green and the book's incredible designers use stunning photos as well as tight text to show all the groups of elements, how we use them (if we use them) and where they fit into the periodic table. The book opens with an answer to the question: what is an element? "The stuff that's all around us is matter—from specks of dust and this book to phones, skyscrapers, and the Sun. Matter is made up of a mind-boggling number of combinations of 114 basic substances called elements." From there he discusses where we would find elements, what atoms are, and how they were made. Green then introduces the periodic table in two forms: first showing the color-coded families of the elements, and second a table with photos of each element; he then highlights each element or the groups of elements. Each double-paged spread has a main photograph and often several smaller pictures, making each page a quick read. Backmatter includes an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Kicking off the upper end of the three-level "Discover More" series, this visually dense survey is aimed at middle school ("Expert") readers. Arranged in single-topic spreads grouped in five chapters based on sections of the Periodic Table (plus a chapter on the history of chemistry and technology), the presentation highlights either selected single elements or related groups. The layout includes color photos, digital diagrams and images, fact boxes, explanatory captions, and other text in a variety of sizes and weights. Occasional spreads on, for instance, the Hindenburg disaster or Marie Curie provide verbal and visual changes of pace. Like other volumes in the series, a downloadable ebook supplement (Mac or PC) extends the overall topic—here with an interactive "handbook" for youngsters bent on gathering a complete collection of physical (or for rarer or more dangerous examples, photographic) specimens of every element. Though occasionally too compressed ("…at room temperature" needs to be added to a statement that "Only bromine and mercury are liquids," for example) and also nearly devoid of leads to sources for further research, this broad introduction is current enough to include mention of Element #117 (probably observed in 2010) and chock-full of basic information cranked up with a generous admixture of "gosh-wow" facts about our universe's building blocks.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545330190
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Scholastic Discover More Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 191,733
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1040L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Dan Green studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. He has worked on many popular science titles, written humor books, edited a South American national newspaper, and worked as a travel writer, as well as developing and editing the wildly successful Horrible Science magazine collection.
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