Toy and Game Science

Toy and Game Science

by Peter Pentland, Pennie Stoyles

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Children's Literature
At first glance, this volume of the "Science and Scientists" reference series appears juvenile in nature, as pictures of toddlers greet the reader on the initial pages of the book. However, a further study of the book makes it clear that although the subject may appeal to young readers, only upper elementary and middle school students with a basic knowledge of science concepts will appreciate the content of the book. Pentland and Stoyles quickly confront the true science behind toys and games by discussing force, energy, friction, and Newton's laws of movement. Light, sound, magnetism, and electricity are also studied within this helpful, yet unassuming book that offers a refreshing method of conveying science concepts to children. Headings and subtitles on each page give the reader quick access to specifics regarding the topic. Helpful pictures, diagrams and captions offer even more information about the concept discussed on each page. Key words found in the glossary appear in bold print, while other science words are printed in bold text highlighted by purple, signaling that the reader can find more information about the word nearby on the same page. This book would be a great addition to a science unit on energy or force. Pentland and Stoyles use familiar toys and games to illustrate a variety of principles of science, thus simultaneously informing and entertaining students. 2003 (orig. 2002), Chelsea House Publishers,
— Sarah Nelson
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These authors have a knack for offering concise, easy-to-understand explanations of common phenomena. Terms requiring further clarification are highlighted in pink and defined in a small pink box in the margin. Party includes discussions of soft-drink chemistry, popcorn, ice cream, gelatin, balloons, candles, the zodiac, illusions, laughter, and even vomiting. A time line follows an entertaining path from 1783 and the invention of a process for carbonation to the technological future. The second book discusses toys and games that float, spin, fly, make noise, etc. Close-up color photos and clear diagrams positioned well with the text help to enliven the design and enhance the explanations. Some of the sections have sidebars that describe experiments or activities in well-delineated steps. These books are sound, highly educational, and entertaining purchases for general science and physics collections. A good complement, Jean Potter's Science in Seconds with Toys (Wiley, 1998) has far more experiments, but its explanations of principles are much sparer. This combination can be a gateway to understanding and inspiration for future engineers and scientists.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
Science and Scientists Ser.
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.24(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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