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Ages 5^-8. Branley practically wrote the book on bringing science down to kid level. This entry in his Let's-Read-and-Find-Out-Science series smoothly describes how magnets work and includes a couple of nearly foolproof experiments for making a magnet and a compass. Kelly's illustrations are always a delight--as they are here--employing bright, splashy watercolors that make scientific exploration look like the fun it ought to be. Denia Hester --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Will a magnet pick up a paper clip or a feather? The answer is, just the paper clip. Magnets only pick up things that contain bits of iron. In this new addition to the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, veteran author Franklyn Branley explains the properties and behavior of magnets. True Kelley's charming illustrations will entertain readers as they discover for themselves what makes a magnet. Hands-on activities include making a magnet and compass. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2 edition (July 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451482
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Franklyn Branley was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planeterium. In 1960, he originated the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, dedicated to explaining science to young children and encouraging them to explore their world. Dr. Branley is the author of over 150 science books for children.

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The good thing about this book is that it is interesting enough to read it (at bedtime, for example) without pausing to do the experiments or you can use it in conjunction with some great little experiments to learn more about magnets.

It is not extremely detailed, but my five-year-old son found it quite engaging and he was absolutely fascinated when the experiments worked "just the way the book said!" With the book's simple structure, I know it won't be too long before he is able to read it to himself, also. (It is around the second grade level, I would say.)

Nicely done for younger students.
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I found this book to be extremely informative while explaining how magnets work in a way my 3 year old granddaughter understands while learning myself!!

The pictures are awsome, and keeps any age children's attention. All of the books in the Lets-Read-and-Find-Out Science series have been a valuable tool in teaching and entertaining in my home.
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This is a book of stuff to make and do and discover with your magnets. I bought this book, plus the set of Alnico magnets, plus the all-aboard-science book "Magnets." This book has lots of hands-on activities.
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I really like the "Let's Read and Find out Science 2" series. These are great science books for elementary school and they are perfect for my first grader. They use familiar examples to introduce basic scientific concepts in a simple but fun way. They are interesting for both kids and adults. I have found them to be a valuable tool to teach these concepts to my kids.

We had a wonderful time with this book about magnets. My first grader had fun with the experiments. This is perfect for first and second grade.
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I needed a book about magnets for my preschool class and thought this book may be over their head but bought it anyway. It ended up being a great book and very easy for my class to understand. I would recommend it for preschool through 2nd grade.
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Easy to Read. Perfect for my 8yr old grandson. I got it to go with a Magnet kit set so he'll understand the workings of magnets.
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Branley has helped educate my grandson (4 yrs old) about so many every day scientific topics in such a manner that my grandson keeps wanting yet another book. I have bought him nearly every one that has been published. The illustrations are marvelous. My grandson started reading to first grade classes at the age of 4 and I credit Branley's work for being a stimulus. Branley's work engages the children with words found in their language. The flow of material readily helps them see/relate to the topics. My grandson, now 5, is at stage 2 so the stories are a bit more complex but the challenge is healthy for him and he gets excited by it. Great author with a very impressive resume and his illustrator really brings it all together for the children.
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Another great book in the series to add to the collection! I have several books in the "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science" series and my preschooler and I enjoy all of them. "What Makes A Magnet" explains what a magnet is and how they're used in a way that a child can understand while still keeping it interesting for adults. It also goes back to show the origin of how we found out about magnets and how they were first used by early explorers. It has several fun and easy ideas for experiments that you can do to follow along and try it for yourself. Well written, nicely illustrated, and entertaining!
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