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Cut, Chop, and Stop: A Book About Wedges (Amazing Science: Simple Machines) Paperback – January 1, 2006

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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. Tiresdiscusses 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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: Amazing Science: Simple Machines
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Window Books (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140481907X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404819078
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,745,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Riddle on September 28, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love this book and the others in the set! I teach 2nd Grade Science and used this set while teaching simple machines. The books are easy to understand, list many examples of the simple machine being discussed, and are colorful and inviting. The fact that it lists every day items that children are familiar with really helps them to better understand the simple machine it is describing. The end of each book includes an activity to explain how the simple machine is used, fun facts about that simple machine, and a glossary. Each book also includes a list of related books and web sites to continue the study and increase the curiosity of the simple machine being discussed. I highly recommend them all!
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Leave it to Michael Dahl to do a tremendous job on simple machines. His books on the parts oof speech (illustrated by Sara Gray) are keepers -- and this series is also very worthwhile. Denise Shae's illustrations make the concepts easy to understand. I love how she "zooms in" on the action sometimes, like with chisels.

This book is about how we use wedges. It even has an experiment at the back. Very well done, and not just for little kids -- it's a great book about machines for any physics learner.
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Great book. Received quickly.
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