In this picture book for elementary students, Suen covers the basics of how electricity moves from power plant to cozy, lamp-lit home. The text works on two levels. Each spread features short paragraphs that present definitions in clear language: Electricity is electrons on the move. A few words, in larger print, appear on each page, and when read aloud create a bouncing rhyme that seems aimed at children younger than the audience for the science and the pictures. The mixed-media art illustrates the concepts with mixed success. Some spreads, such as one explaining how power is stepped down at a transformer, need more detail to help kids fully envision what the words describe. Most successful are the scenes of long lines reaching across landscapes, demonstrating that power is generated far away and travels great distances before it is used. There aren't many titles that explain electricity for this age group; recommend this one with some of the other books in the appended reading list. A glossary and power safety tips conclude. Engberg, Gillian
About the Author
Anastasia Suen is the author of dozens of books for young readers, including SUBWAY (Viking) and RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT (Harcourt). She lives in Plano, Texas.