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See Inside How Things Work Hardcover – January 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: See Inside How Things Work
  • Hardcover: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Pub Ltd; Ltf Brdbk edition (January 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780794524067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794524067
  • ASIN: 0794524060
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Perfectly pitched for Key Stage 2, a mix of facts, humour and novelty flaps...This series is proof that the right non-fiction still sells' - The Bookseller; 'A hands-on science lesson!' - Lancashire Evening Post; A super collection of information books from Usborne, which really engage the reader by providing interesting information, colourful graphics and plenty of flaps with yet more information' - Parents in Touch; 'From simple machines (cogs, pulleys, levers) to planes, vehicles and microwaves, How things work reveals the science behind how things work and offers 90 flaps to lift and fantastic, detailed illustrations' - The School Run; 'A big bright book with robust pages. Familiar objects, from domestic to industrial, are described on every page and then you lift the flap to find out how they work. So, look inside the piano to see the hammer action, lift the flap on the loo to see how ballcocks work. Check out zips and ballpoint pens. Large machines, like excavators, have more than one flap and a lot of information is packed into small spaces. A book to talk about and maybe follow up on the related website' - Carousel; 'This is a thoroughly modern information book: highly visual, interactive and linked to websites. In each example the main picture shows the external structure and you lift the flap for an explanation of how the machine works. The copious yet clear annotation shows young readers the importance of the verbal as well as the visual in texts that explain...deserves a place on the Primary school science shelf' - Books for Keeps --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Customer Reviews

My almost 5 year old LOVES this book.
Elle
My grandson loves books and I know he will enjoy this one for a long time.
Susan C. Mansfield
It keeps my son entertained because the pictures are very detailed.
aeldridge

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jack on February 13, 2011
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My 4 yr old son LOVES this book! So much that it takes us a good 30 minutes to get through 2 pages. As we go along I must hear "Why?" and "How?" at least 20-30 times. It spawns so many questions that we now call it the "Book of Why." LOL.

It includes all kinds of things from construction vehicles to household machines. It's educational and interesting for kids of all ages.

I would highly recommend this for kids who are interested in how things work.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Parresa on March 16, 2011
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I love that we've found these books! My daughter brought home a 'See Inside' book from school and was enthralled with it for most of the evening. I searched it to find out if I could purchase it and discovered a whole series! We have 'houses long ago', 'under the sea', 'how things work' and 'space'. I love them! I'm as interested as the children to see what is under each flap and I've even learned things I never knew. Great learning resource. I plan to buy the whole series!
We originally purchased this book for our 7 year old daughter and skipped getting a few because I assumed my 4 year old son was too young for them. However, the bright colors and interesting flaps and lifts has him interested enough to sit through the books too. I'd buy this for a girl or boy from ages 3 to probably 12 or 13 years old.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Zalewsky on December 20, 2010
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This is the fourth "See Inside" book we purchased and as usual, we love it! My sons are 5 1/2 and really enjoy interactive and educational books. The Usbourne books are loaded with flaps to lift, pictures to study and side bars to read; however, the print and illustrations do not overwhelm like some other books we have looked at. The illustrations are beautiful and the book is sturdy and durable. Very pleasing to the eye. My favorite see inside book is the "See Inside" Space. My one son just got out the book "When is a planet not a planet? The story of Pluto" from their school library and we read part of that book and then read 4 pages from the see inside space and they complimented each other perfectly. The boys were very pleased with themselves that they remembered what Copernicus and Galileo contributed to the research history of astronomy. The boys also love that the space book has a removable star and constellation chart that we take outside at night to find all of the "art" in the sky. The see inside dinosaur book is another one of our favorites!

I highly recommend this series of books!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By aeldridge on April 3, 2011
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'How Things Work' was our very first book from Usborne. (If you don't own any Usborne books, they are AMAZING and very high quality...both an educational value and sturdy)

My 3 year old son wants to know how everything works. He loves to ride the escalator at the mall and watches "How it's Made" on TV. His dad is an engineer, so we know where he gets this love of how things 'tick'.

"How Things Work" is a very detailed lift-the-flap book that would be great for preschoolers, and also experienced readers. It keeps my son entertained because the pictures are very detailed. The book begins with a page on 'simple machines', including pulleys, inclined planes, etc. Each page turn is a new section/topic, including musical instruments, and even escalators and elevators.

We love that this book is internet linked. My son and I have tried out many of the websites; his favorites including a hot air balloon simulation, and also a kitchen-full of appliances where you guess which simple machine is being used.

Our family highly recommends this book. Also check out the other Usborne books in the "See Inside" series, such as "See Inside Space".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. R. Owen on February 26, 2011
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I ordered this book for my grandson, A, described as smart at school, but not yet 4. He is on the 'cusp of reading' it seems. The book, when it arrived had quite difficult diagrams and words in quite a small typeface. It really didn't seem suitable for any non-reader under 5. But my son read it to A and had to ration the reading to two pages a night as the pictures generated so many questions. Subsequently A went around looking at machines he came across like cars and rubbish lorries and so on and discussed how they worked.

It would appear it was a success but beware it might not be for every 'rising 4' child and it does need an interested and knowledgeable adult to assist for this age. But it does seem money well spent. Heath Robinson? Well we are trying that next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Srikanth Goli on October 10, 2011
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This is such a well thought out book, that it is so simple, yet so broad. The approach of flaps is very inviting to my 5 and 8 year olds, and a respite to me from reading all the endless Barbie and Princess volumes to them. I would not call it comprehensive on the 8 or 9 subjects it covers, but has enough hints to generate curiosity and a could be a good transition from fiction they are mostly drawn to. I would look for more books from the authoer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 530mtnmama on April 8, 2011
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If your kid likes flap books, like mine does, he or she will LOVE this. I even find it interesting, and I just know this will be in our family's library for years to come. I plan on buying the rest of the series, all it took was one to convince me of the quality. This is exactly what I was looking for for my little flap-lover.
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