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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 6
  • Series: Wells of Knowledge Science Series
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807534218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807534212
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 2-4?A basic introduction to levers, wheels, and pulleys. As two children lift a lion, pull a panda, and deliver a basket of bananas to a baboon party, Wells offers explanations for how and why these simple machines work. The hand-lettered text identifies technical terms such as fulcrum, force, friction, and other such words (also included in a glossary). One might quibble with some of the statements, such as "Leverage adds force to your own strength." Also the pen-and-acrylic cartoons are mediocre in quality and are merely adequate at depicting the concepts. A great idea with a fair-to-middlin execution.?Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"The humorous illustrations both inform and amuse the reader."

The Horn Book Guide

"A basic introduction to levers, wheels, and pulleys."

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Highly recommended if you want your kids to learn while reading.
L. George
I'm using it to teach Kindergarten through 2nd graders in the Jr. FIRST Lego League competition.
Busy Mom
This is a great book which discusses physics on in very basic and yet accurate way.
amy creasap

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book easily and clearly illustrates the concept of pulley, screw and lever. Simple machines have never been so easy to explain. The cute animals and the banana party they have help the students in my 3rd grade class to understand force and work. Bravo!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Idaho Britta on June 25, 2008
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My 4 and 5 year olds have enjoyed reading this several times already! It's a good way to introduce simple machines to this age group, and has colorful pictures too! It's fun to think of lifting lions, or moving pandas on a wagon, or getting a bunch of bananas to a baboon party!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darlene W. Vincent on November 9, 2012
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I used this little book for a class assignment after teaching simple machines and the kids loved it. I gave them the challenge of how to lift a lion, given what they had learned about simple machines! Fun! They came up with the notion of having a "girl" lion at the top of an inclined plane with a "boy" lion at the bottom :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Holt on March 24, 2014
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This book is well liked by the students who read it. The story is easy to understand for elementary school aged students with great illustrations. The book is technically accurate and includes a glossary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ilanos on May 25, 2013
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My 7 year old just learnt a whole unit on simple machines
at school. They did some exciting hands on experiments too.
I thought a book would elevate the concept to the abstract level
that she can put in her mind.
I can then see it in my mind...... as she added.
She can see/spot simple machines in a lot of places where I would not even think of looking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Riddle on September 28, 2012
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What a fun book to review simple machines! I used this book to end a unit on simple machines. The pictures are bright, colorful and fun. Very creative illustrations. There is also a page at the end entitled "Our World Is Full of Simple Machines" which talks about simple machines around us such as oars, scissors, and doorknobs. There is also a glossary.
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Wells does an excellent job in making the introduction to simple machines (lever, wheel, and pulley) simple and fun, but best of all ACCURATE. He explains things with words and explanations that set the child up to actually understand the basics of the physics involved. For my 4 year old these words like leverage, force arm, load arm, friction, and force go over his head without missing the point, and for my 6 year old (almost 7) they set us up for more in depth conversation and experimentation to better understand the concept.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Metzler on December 28, 2010
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I bought this book for my 5 year old with an strong curiosity of levers and pulley systems. We read it often to explain something that he discovered during the day while playing and creating. The illustrations are colorful and attract a young child's eye while easily showing the concepts. I recommend this book for children that enjoy science!
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More About the Author

Robert E. Wells (Robert Ernest Wells) was born in Pasadena, CA in 1940. In the 90s, he began to put words and pictures into the form of children's books, and now in the new century he continues to do so. In 1993 he wrote and illustrated his first book, "Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There is?". Other books include "What's Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew?" (Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, 1996), "What's Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah?", and his latest book, "Why Do Elephants Need the Sun?". Many of his books have been translated into various other languages.

He and his wife Karen live just outside of Wenatchee, Washington.

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