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Children's LiteratureJoin the class of elementary science teacher extraordinaire, the aptly named and apparently fun Mr. Whiskers, as his group takes a hands-on approach to learning about matter. Whiskers, who is certainly a tribute to a whole breed of science teachers who happily get their hands dirty to make a lasting impression on kids, has experiment stations set up all over the school and invites his students to have fun and discover. They do, and from their comments and conversations, readers learn four concepts of matter, as well as tuning into the fun and distinct personalities of the kids which reveal themselves through snippets of dialogue. Cleverly written to teach and entertain, the book is similar to one of those delightful Ms. Frizzle adventures, but more realistic as the kids stay earthbound. Of course, that said, teachers who notice the student with a hose in his hand trying to melt the ice, will know that real kids would also douse a few peers. The pages are busy and energetic with colorful drawings which serve to illustrate the experiments. Information on how to recreate each substance and test appears after the story. Good choice for home-schoolers or for classroom teachers as an introduction to a unit on matter. It would appear, in Mr. Whisker's class, nothing is the matter and everything is the matter. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 6 to 8.