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What Makes a Shadow? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) Library Binding – January 30, 1994

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-This simple introduction to shadows is a newly illustrated version of a 1962 title. Each page offers a short description of an object and its shadow ("A house has a shadow. The sun shines on one side of the house. There is a shadow on the other side"). Experiments are suggested to show various sizes and shades, and the concept of night is explained. Unfortunately, the brief, straightforward text is unimaginative. Otani's illustrations are flat and uninspired, depicting children with dot eyes and upturned curves for mouths. This book is not likely to interest young readers, although it is on a topic that usually fascinates them. With its rhyming text and exuberant paintings, Ann Whitford Paul's Shadows Are About (Scholastic, 1992) is a much more effective treatment of the subject.
Pearl Herscovitch, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 3-6. With few changes to the text, this edition of a Let's-Read-and-Find-Out book features new, full-color illustrations. Simple and appealing, the ink-and-watercolor artwork shows children exploring what shadows are and how they are formed, from hand shadows on the wall to the shadow that is night. Since the shadow theme lends itself to many preschool activities and books, this title is recommended for collections serving young children, their parents, and their teachers. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1 (Book 1)
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Rev Sub edition (January 30, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060229160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060229160
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 2000
Format: Library Binding
The absolutely adorable illustrations are sure to capture any child's attention. I loved the book, especially the cute story line with the children and animals used to explain, in very simple terms, what a shadow is and how it is formed. Perfect for 5-6 year olds. I also think it was great that the book was rather multicultural in its illustrations, something I always look for. It would make a great read-aloud and will probably spark many questions from a youngster!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mauimama on April 22, 2014
Format: Library Binding
This may seem picky to some, but I was reading this book with my two year old grandson and noticed an all too common mistake in one of the illustrations, the picture of two children watching night come. The crescent moon is absolutely FACING THE WRONG WAY and in the wrong place in the sky for evening. The curve of the crescent always faces toward the sun, so this is the way the moon would appear in the morning when it rises before the sun comes up, not in the evening when the children are watching night come. In light of the fact that the book claims that the science content and the illustrations have been checked by prominent scientists for accuracy, this should not have slipped by. Picky? Maybe, but if there's a claim of accuracy, please be accurate. We are a family of moon watchers and this is confusing, especially to the younger ones who think they know better but see inconsistencies in books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on June 1, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Wow!

Sometimes you don't expect great illustrations, so when you get them, it's a tremendous bonus. This is one of those times.

The text is good, and the illustrations feature cute kids and their shadows (naturally). We like to take night-time family walks, and this book is dynamite because it has led the kids to notice their shadows from all sorts of light sources. Sometimes, they can spot their own shadow three times from different light sources. This book is dynamite.
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By J. Grambo on July 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
A beginning science book about light and shadow, with excellent illustrations by June Otani. Great for lessons in preschool through grade 2, but also great fun for family adventures. Bright sun, or night walks with flashlights can yield a variety of shadows, and kids are also attracted to making their own funny shapes in shadow. Ages 3-7.
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