Attention hands-on learners and science enthusiasts! This dynamic and appealing book about making things change or the state of matter offers direct, easy to understand text with colorful supportive photographs and illustrations that make learning about physical science fun and exciting. This text is well organized by chapters, each representing a specific topic about magnets such as freezing and melting, flowing currents, burning and breathing, and living yeast. Included in the two page chapter for each specific topic, there is a section called ?why it works' as well as a section called ?further ideas.' The content is supported or extended by clear illustrations and other attractive graphics such as diagrams with labels and real life photographs of children performing the described experiments. Important text features such as a table of contents, sidebars, an index, and a glossary make this text very user friendly for young readers who use this book as a resource or reference for science fair activities in their elementary school classroom. In or out of the classroom, this nonfiction text about making things change and the state of matter will be enjoyed by young readers because it is attractive, informative, and totally engaging. Reviewer: Susan Borges
Gr 2-5–This colorful series will appeal to young scientists. The 12 experiments per title demonstrate a variety of basic science principles and include a short description of the principle, illustrated directions, a section explaining “Why It Works,” and ideas for further exploration. The older children in the grade range could try many experiments on their own. Experiments in which adult help is required are clearly marked. Unfortunately, there are no materials lists, and some of the directions, for example Sound’s “Add a little paper to the inner box,” are imprecise.