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Cute, but belies shaky grasp of basic physics. Skip it.
on January 3, 2011
I had high hopes for this book as a successor to our well-thumbed copy of Macaulay's "The Way Things Work." As luck would have it, the first question I randomly flipped open was "Why does a basketball bounce?" Well, "Inflated basket balls have a lot of stored energy," we're informed. Sigh. While it's certainly true that inflated basket balls do have "a lot of potential energy (in bold letters)" that is irrelevant here.
It might be cute to hear my kids running around announcing Important Facts, but I'd prefer to teach them what's really going on. Skip it.