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What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2) Paperback – August 8, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451635
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 10 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-A fact-filled, accessible study of solids, liquids, and gases. The book gives examples of each state of matter and some simple activities that demonstrate the attributes of each. The last page presents three related science experiments. The author's use of sentence fragments, such as "Water flowing in the creek," is bothersome, but the humorous illustrations add to the text and provide a good mix of children of both genders and various races enjoying science. The page layout makes this title suitable for use with groups; the easy-to-read text makes it a good choice for independent reading and research. Teachers will delight in the clear definitions and examples used to introduce concepts that are often offered on a much higher level.
Marty Abbott Goodman, L. J. Bell Elementary School, Rockingham, NC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld worked as an editor of children's books for over ten years before beginning her career as a writer. She has written two other books for the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series" What Lives in a Shell?, illustrated by Helen K. Davie, and How Mountains Are Made, illustrated by James Graham Hale. Ms Zoehfeld lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.



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.


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Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for children, including WHAT LIVES IN A SHELL?, an NSTA/CBC "Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children," and winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's "Best Children's Book" award; WHAT IS THE WORLD MADE OF?, A Children's Book of the Month Club Main Selection; WHAT'S ALIVE?, also named an AAAS "Best Children's Book"; DINOSAUR TRACKS, "a great choice for even the most discriminating dinophiles" (School Library Journal); DINOSAURS BIG AND SMALL, winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio "Best Book Award"; DINOSAUR PARENTS, DINOSAUR YOUNG, an ALA "Notable Book"; and SECRETS OF THE GARDEN, "a wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family's backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest. Covering a dazzling array of topics, the author still manages to hold onto a story line that will draw readers in and allow them to experience both the good and the bad right along with narrator Alice. Sure to become a standard go-to for elementary teachers and gardeners alike, this is bound to spark some backyard explorations." (Kirkus)

Kathleen was a children's book editor for more than ten years before becoming a full-time writer. When she's not reading, researching, writing, or editing, Kathleen loves to spend her free time exploring, doing fieldwork, and preparing fossils for her local natural history museums.

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This has become my six year old daughter's favorite book.
Sean G.
I would highly recommend this book, along with other books in the "Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science" series.
amynicole902
The book does a great job of explaining the states of matter.
Lady Atana

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
this is an excellent literature connection for young children studying the concept of matter. it works well with the foss science module, "solids and liquids" for students in grades one and two.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By amynicole902 on October 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
My son received this when he was almost 4, and understood the concepts of solid, liquid, and gases by 4.5yo! This describes the concepts in such a way that youngsters can easily understand, but won't bore older children. I would highly recommend this book, along with other books in the "Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science" series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Samantha F. Bougher on October 24, 2005
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This book is an excellent way to introduce solids, liquids, and gases. I used it with a 3rd grade class and it was perfect!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fey Ritchey on May 4, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a delightful book with good illustrations. It can be helpful in teaching children in grades 1-3 about physical properties in language they can understand. I recommend it highly. The only disadvantage is that now the physicists are telling us that there are 4 states of matter - the 4th being plasma, so the book is leaving out the newest category. However, I'm sure in the next edition the author and illustrator will find an engaging way to include the 4th state - the biggest example of which is our sun. So - if you're looking for books to teach early grade students about science, look at this author's work (Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld). She has many engaging books to help us educate our children, and have fun while we're doing it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stacy M. on July 3, 2006
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I have a 6-yr old boy and a 7-yr old girl. It's very rare to find anything that they agree on but with What Is the World Made Of? I was able to find a book that both of them would enjoy and learn from at the same time. The easy-to-follow language made it easy for them both to follow along. The fun pictures and odd bits of humor kept them interested and wanting to know more. A fantastic find & one I hope to be able to use for quite some time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lady Atana on May 7, 2009
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After reading this to my daughter last night, we engaged in a 30 minute long game of "Solid, Liquid, or Gas?" The book does a great job of explaining the states of matter. For the "Try It Yourself" sections it, of course, uses water for a test subject, going through freezing, evaporation, and condensation. I had to promise that we would do the experiments today.

Once again, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to teach their young children about basic science.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Badurina on September 29, 2008
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Great introduction to these concepts for young kids. I had already explored the different states of water with my 6 year old, but it was nice to be able to reinforce that process. My son often said, "I already know that" for the basic concepts, but I felt that the specific examples of the different states of all types of matter were very helpful in getting him to understand that there's an order to the way things work. By the end of it, he really enjoyed the book. Don't miss the three exercises at the end of the book - they are fun activities that make learning science hands-on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maja Wu on November 17, 2010
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I have a very bright 4 year old. After reading this book once, she understood the concept of solids, liquids and gasses. We boiled water, made ice.... Cute, but for really smart kids, maybe to simple.
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