What Is the World Made Of?: All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases

What Is the World Made Of?: All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases

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by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, Paul Meisel
     
 

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Did you ever walk through a wall? Drink a glass of blocks? Have you ever played with a lemonade doll, or put on milk for socks? This latest addition to the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series introduces the youngest readers to an important science concept: the differences between solids, liquids, and gases. Any child who wants to know why he can't walk

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Did you ever walk through a wall? Drink a glass of blocks? Have you ever played with a lemonade doll, or put on milk for socks? This latest addition to the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series introduces the youngest readers to an important science concept: the differences between solids, liquids, and gases. Any child who wants to know why he can't walk through a wall will enjoy Kathleen Zoehfeld's simple text and Paul Meisel's playful illustrations.

Did you ever walk through a wall? Drink a glass of blocks? Have you ever played with a lemonade doll, or put on milk for socks? This latest addition to the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series introduces the youngest readers to an important science concept: the differences between solids, liquids, and gases. Any child who wants to know why he can't walk through a wall will enjoy Kathleen Zoehfeld's simple text and Paul Meisel's playful illustrations.

Author Biography: Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld has written many books for children, including How Mountains Are Made, What Is the World Made Of?, and What Lives in a Shell? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Ms. Zoehfeld lives in Norwalk, CT.

Lucia Washburn's first book for young readers was Look to the North by Jean Craighead George. She lives in Petaluma, CA.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Linda Uhlenkott
Solids, liquids and gases are the simple building blocks of science offered in this nonfiction trade book. With familiar scenarios and everyday items, children learn about the concepts of solids, liquids and gases. "If your sister spills milk on the table" shows how liquids spread out. A simple experiment, using a borrowed bottle of perfume and an empty room, demonstrates how gases spread through the air. When a demonstration demands more complex activities (such as using a hot stove to boil water) children are warned that they'll need an adult's help. In addition to showing children how to demonstrate several of these properties for themselves, this book also asks them to extend their thinking by imagining what the world would be like if heat and cold turned everything into solids, liquids or gases. "Can you imagine a world where your toys would melt when it gets too hot?" Familiar scenarios and items make the concepts understandable. Also, the predictable word patterns and pictures that are tied to the text aid comprehension for the youngest reader. The last page in the book offers several simple experiments that children can conduct with very little help from adults. Also included is a method of charting that introduces record keeping. This book is especially recommended for teachers who are looking for appropriate nonfiction books for primary-age children. Parents will find it interesting and useful as a supplementing to the science curriculum.
Horn Book
"Have you ever seen anyone walk through a wall? Did you ever drink a glass of blocks? Have you ever played with a lemonade doll, or put on milk for socks? Walls and blocks, dolls and socks. Milk and lemonade.... All of these things are made of matter." Zoehfeld and Meisel add competently to the venerable Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series as they comfortably explain the three states of matter to beginning readers. Solids, hard or soft, hold their shape. Shapeless liquids take on the shape of whatever they're in. Invisible gases spread out to fill any container they're in, too. Children are invited to make personal observations of water as it changes from one state to another, and the homey experi-ments are demonstrated by a cheerful cast of boys and girls, parents and animals. Meisel deftly mixes media to color his energetic line drawings, and conversation balloons add to the humor. A final page of simple ob-servation exercises rounds out the handy lesson in fundamental science that will be appreciated by teachers and enjoyed by children.
Booklist
“Once again the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out-about Science series takes on a really difficult concept and dramatizes it with hands-on examples from everyday life”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060271435
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Series:
Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series: Level 2
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is the award-winning author of more than seventy books for children.  She has written several books in the Let’s Read And Find Out Science series, including:  WHAT LIVES IN A SHELL?, an NSTA/CBC “Outstanding Science Trade Book” and winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s “Best Children’s Book” award; WHAT IS THE WORLD MADE OF?, a Children’s Book of the Month Club Main Selection; WHAT’S ALIVE?, also named an AAAS “Best Children’s Book”;  HOW MOUNTAINS ARE MADE, an NSTA/CBC “Outstanding Science Trade Book,” DINOSAUR TRACKS, "a great choice for even the most discriminating dinophiles" (School Library Journal); and DINOSAURS BIG AND SMALL, winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio “Best Book Award”

Kathleen was a children’s book editor for over ten years before becoming a full-time writer.  When she is not reading, researching, writing, or editing she loves to spend her free time exploring, doing fieldwork, and preparing and curating fossils for her local natural history museums.  She lives in Berkeley, CA.

Paul Meisel has illustrated many books for children, including Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?, Energy Makes Things Happen, and What Happens to Our Trash? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut.

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What Is the World Made Of? 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great text and illustrations. A nice introduction to matter- a useful resource for teachers or for parents with inquisitive children who enjoy learning about the world around them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I teach kindergarten. Each year I teach a unit about matter. 'What Is the World Made Of?: All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases' is the very best resource I have ever purchased. It explains matter using simple, easy to understand language that my students understand. I recommend this book highly!
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