The dramatic, kid-friendly pages of this book are filled with bright, exciting photographs, many of them containing children doing experiments, children in different regions of the world, and children in action. The typeface is large and clear and the text itself is easy to understand and fun to read. The chapters discuss the definition of temperature, figuring out temperature, measuring temperature, temperature scales, the centigrade scale, other thermometers, thermometer inventors, defining absolute temperature, red hot temperatures, temperature in action, measuring the weather, and body temperature. The final chapter has an experiment that readers can try. "Fact Boxes" appear throughout the book. These boxes contain information like the lowest temperature ever recorded, what is a cricket thermometer, the temperature of the sun, Galileo's thermoscope, information about mercury, the thermostats in our houses, how to convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit, and the story of the boy whose temperature reached 116 degrees Fahrenheit. The back matter contains an index, a glossary, a list of related web sites, and a short bibliography. This book is part of Blackbirch Press's "How Do We Measure" series which also includes Area, Distance, Height, Speed, Time, Volume, and Weight. 2005, Blackbirch Press/Thomson, Ages 6 to 10.
Sally J. K. Davies