From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4–These simple concept books are full of pizzazz and wonderfully illustrated with digital graphics that show kids doing typical kid things. The lumberman on the cover of Cut
may not be as enticing as the active children depicted on the other titles. The book also has fewer internal pictures of youngsters, although there is a spread of a boy surrounded by wedges of cake, pie, and pizza. Other spreads depict and discuss doorstops, nails, and airplane wings. In Roll
, skateboards, playground slides, and roller coasters are used as examples. Best of all is Scoop
, which clearly describes several versions of the lever, found in the playground, garage, and kitchen. Tires
discusses wheel sizes, gears, cranks, etc. Unfortunately, axles is misspelled on the cover. Each book has an activity and Fun Facts. The FactHound Web sites listed add more information, but dont take kids to any fun, interactive sites. If you have Sally Hewitts Machines We Use
(Childrens Press, 1998) or Anne Welsbachers Understanding Simple Machines series (Capstone, 2001), you may not need these books.–Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI
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Simple Machines are simply fascinating in Michael Dahl's Amazing Science series. They explain how pulleys, wedges, ramps, wheels and axels, levers, and screws help people do work, making them an effective introduction to this key elementary concept. Ima --NSTA Recommends
These simple concept books are full of pizzazz and wonderfully illustrated with digital graphics that show kids doing typical kid things. The lumberman on the cover of Cut may not be as enticing as the active children depicted on the other titles. The boo --School Library Journal