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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613744528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613744529
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-This book was created by an adult science writer and an 11-year-old with an interest in science. Coelho compiled a list of questions and Field provided the answers. The questions are loosely grouped into subject headings: "People and Animals," "Plants," "Household Chemistry," "Health and Safety," "Things That Catch Fire or Go Bang," "Things That Stink," etc. The book begins with a short introduction on how to read structural formulas. The questions range from quite basic to complicated and cover a broad range of topics, from "How does a Van de Graaff generator work?" to "Why does snow melt?" The answers range in length from a paragraph to two pages, and the writing is dry and uneven. A few black-and-white photographs, simple illustrations of chemical structures, and 12 experiments are included. These activities range from making the familiar dancing raisins (making raisins "dance" in a carbonated beverage) to making a butane balloon that involves freezing butane and then filling a balloon with it and observing it change from a liquid to a gas. "Smoking Hands" involves mixing small amounts of household ammonia and muriatic acid. Many of the experiments require adult supervision. While this book includes a lot of interesting facts, it may be a challenge for students to access them due to its somewhat arbitrary arrangement.-Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Partial authorship credit for this question-and-answer-based science book goes to teenager Coelho, the curious neighbor of chemist coauthor Field. The geneses of the book are the questions Coelho would often pose to him in passing, such as “How does superglue work?” or “Why do skunks smell bad?” Scores of Coelho’s questions are organized into topical chapters concerning household chemicals, things that make noise, colors, and food, among many others. While illustrations of complex structural formulas are included in many explanations, the basics of reading structural formulas of chemicals are provided at the start of the book. Demonstrative experiments are included to clarify difficult concepts, and links to YouTube videos of others completing these experiments will appeal to digital natives. Many of Coelho’s questions are things that other adolescents (and adults) may have wondered, and here they are answered by a knowledgeable scientist who gives readers all the tools they may need to understand the complex chemistry of the everyday world. Grades 5-8. --Erin Anderson

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jon Raw on December 7, 2012
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This is a great little book - good questions with plain, simple and informative answers. I have a Bachelor of Science degree with minor in Chemistry and I got this book to keep as a reminder of all the stuff I learned in college. It is really well written and full of good-to-know, everyday information. The fact that it was co-written by an 11-year-old is just amazing. I would recommend this book to everyone whether you have kids or not. Even if you never liked chemistry this book may help you better understand how chemistry works in our everyday lives. And if you have kids, this book will come in very handy when you're asked to explain things like, how soap works or why onions make you cry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mimi j b smith on May 5, 2013
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I had read review and was under the impression this was a good book for children between the ages pf 9 through 12 yrs of age.. It is not written for children at all..I was misguided by a book review in the Fl. Times Union, Jacksonville Florida published in Feb 2013!!! This book can be used but only with parental help.
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By Cheryl Lea Balogh on May 11, 2013
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Liked this so much I got one for each of my Grandsons. They both love chemistry and science. Turns out, I'm going to buy another for my personal library. What a fun read! Cheryl and Al
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