This is an entry in the "Physical Science" series, which is written for first grade readers. It begins by explaining that people eat to make energy, and energy is the ability to do work. The following topics are organized to give historical perspective. Solar energy is illustrated by a photograph of ancient homes built in a hillside facing the sun. The next page features an illustration of many solar panels, used to create electricity. Wind power is next: windmills pumped water from wells and wind pushed sailboats across the water. Modern windmills make electricity. Water power in the form of water wheels moved stones to grind corn. Dams use moving water to turn turbines to create electricity. The final chapter is the science project: capturing solar energy, using a piece of black cloth. A well-constructed book, this has a table of contents, glossary, and suggestions for further reading, including a website. It will be welcome in the classroom! Reviewer: Candace Deisley
PreS-Gr 2—With five lines of text on the left page of each spread and a full-page photo on the right, each of these titles addresses its topic in a direct and simple manner. Certain concepts are explained well but others are not as clear. Temperature's discussion of how a thermometer works is excellent, as is Motion's explanation of how wind is formed and how hot-air balloons rise. However, in the latter book, readers learn that water moves, but never the causes behind the movement. Each title includes a hands-on experiment with both textual and visual directions; the activities in Temperature and Motion are superior to those in the other titles. A link to Capstone's Facthound.com is included, where readers can find up-to-date, age-appropriate websites.