What is a solid?: Matter Close-Up


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Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Science is such an interesting subject; so many things to learn. Do you know what a solid is? Did you know that solids are all around you? If you think about solids you have to realize that their properties might be very different. For example a kitten is a solid (a soft solid) and an ice cream cone is a solid (until you place your tongue on it). A school is a solid (but it can be filled with liquids and gases, as well). Solids are a type of matter. There are two other matters, liquids and gas. This book, which is also a solid, breaks down (sometimes literally) the term solid into its many aspects. Did you know that a piece of paper is a solid but if you crumple it, or cut it, its shapes will be different, but it is still a solid, even though you cannot make it whole again after cutting pieces off. Small two page chapters give the reader bite sized information. “What do you think?” areas give ideas of experiments to help understand the point given. I particularly liked the fact that it stresses adult supervision with the experiments. Science can be safe and fun. Vocabulary words are defined within the context of the book as well as on the final page. The glossary and well defined photos help the reader comprehend what is meant for such a complex, multi-faceted concept. Solids are all around us. Even humans are solids, but we are not the same physicality as a bicycle helmet or a spoonful of sugar. Thank goodness we do not dissolve in liquids (although, the Wicked Witch of Oz actually did liquefy...) A fun look at solids with large fonts, highlighted words, bright photos and explanations that make you use your brain (which is also a solid) Definitely recommended for the young science student. Part of the “Matter Close-Up” series. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan; Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Excellent introductions to the concept of matter. In each book, matter is clearly defined, as are the different forms it can take. Although the opening section is similar from book to book, different photographs and examples are provided, so the titles are not overly repetitive. Each one then moves on to describe the subject. Numerous "What do you think?" sidebars offer simple experiments that add interest and enhance understanding. For example, in Solid, readers are encouraged to dissolve sugar in milk. All photography is crisp and clear. These volumes will attract browsers and be invaluable for classroom teaching.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778707783
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/30/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,545,762
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Solid matter 4

Talking about matter 6

In touch with matter 8

Dissolving a solid 10

Measuring up! 12

Physical changes 14

Melting 16

Water changes 18

The salt is still there 20

Useful solids 22

Learning more 23

Glossary and Index 24

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