Gr. 1-3. This volume from the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series takes on the relatively abstract idea of forces. A little longer and more complex than most texts for the series, this one starts with a common childhood experience, pushing toy cars across the floor--and gradually--introduces ideas such as forces, reactions, inertia, friction, and gravity. That's a lot to explain in a short book, and some of these concepts are difficult to simplify. To her credit, Bradley, the author of Energy Makes Things Happen (2003), does grapple with fundamental concepts rather than taking the easier, more traveled, less-satisfactory road of, say, talking about gravity in terms of "up" and "down" or simply describing its observable effects. Colorful line-and-watercolor-wash illustrations brighten the pages. The final spread offers instructions for a simple activity leading to a better understanding of friction. A practical starting place for understanding forces. Carolyn Phelan
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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the author of Energy Makes Things Happen and Pop!, an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. She has a degree in chemistry from Smith College and lives with her husband and two children in Bristol, Tennessee.
Paul Meisel has illustrated many books for children, including Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?, Energy Makes Things Happen, and What Happens to Our Trash? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut.
Got this for my first grade granddaughter. Easy to understand concepts.Published 9 months ago by Blueberry Belle
I bought this to use with my kindergarten core curriculum unit on movement. It talked about many different kinds of movements and also taught me things I wasn't aware of. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is kid friendly. Can use as a read-aloud or children can read alone. Great way to introduce new vocabulary and align to the NGSS!Published 17 months ago by Beverly
Perfect for third grade curriculum. Easy to understand language for children of this age. Cute illustrations that help tell the story.Published on March 25, 2013 by Hopeful