Gr 2–4—This series covers a surprisingly large amount of ground in each title, introducing the topics at their most basic level and increasing the complexity of the information. For example, Sports begins by discussing "Moving Your Body;" it goes on to present the role of muscles, blood circulation, and nutrition in body movements before covering how forces, including gravity and friction, are at play in athletics. It ties things up with a discussion of materials used in sports equipment and clothing. In every volume, selected words are bolded in the text and defined at the bottom of the page, as well in a glossary. Titles end with a simple experiment focusing on one aspect of the topic being discussed. The design is not visually exciting, though there are plenty of color photos and diagrams. Solid introductions.
- Annie Laura Smith
This book is part of the "Science Behind" series that explores the science behind various core curriculum science topics. The topics covered in this book include the major weather phenomena such as thunderstorms, blizzards, hurricanes, and tornadoes. These topics are defined, explored, and explained in graphic detail. Weather and weather changes are defined and explored. Weather forecasting is explained in graphic detail. Related diagrams, color photographs, fact boxes, and "Try It Yourself" activities supplement the text. The "Stay Safe" boxes tell how to keep yourself and your friends safe from harm. "In Your Day" boxes show how science is a part of your daily life. "Measure Up!" boxes provide fun facts and figures to think about. Related scientific words on each page are bolded and defined in a green box at the bottom of the page. A glossary summarizes these scientific terms and definitions. The "Find Out More" pages note books and websites about weather for more information. An index provides easy navigation through the text. The ten book series includes titles exploring Communication, Flight, Food, Growth, Heat, Homes, Plants, Sight, Sports, and Weather. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith