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I Face the Wind (Science Play) Hardcover – April 15, 2003
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PreSchool-Grade 2-The well-known science writer explains the properties and characteristics of wind in an easy-to-read format. The writing is clear and the explanations are age-appropriate. "Air is made of a gazillion tiny balls floating in space. These balls are so small that they can't be seen. They have to be imagined." The crisp graphic artwork brings the wind to life. A young girl gets pushed by it, has her umbrella turned inside out, watches leaves shake on a tree, and engages in lots of other activities that illustrate the movement of air. The topic lends itself well to experimentation and Cobb offers youngsters several demonstrations-some with objects and some as simple as blowing out one's breath-that can be used successfully at home or in the classroom. This is a simple introduction for those kids who always want to know the "why" behind even the most mundane events.
Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
PreS-K. From the Science Play series, this colorful volume encourages children to observe, experiment, and learn about wind and air. The digital illustrations are eye-catching, and the combination of information and experimentation is engaging. However, in trying to present things that cannot be seen and are difficult to describe, such as molecules and air, the text sometimes simplifies too much: "Air is real stuff." The book's strength is the same as that of the previous books in the series, which takes into account the active learning style of young children. Carolyn Phelan
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The book begins with a "Note to the Reader". That reader, as it happens, is actually the adult who will be reading this book with their child. The note implores "readers" to allow their children to first read about the experiments and then find their own results before moving on in the book. This might get a little tedious if the experiments were vast complicated affairs. Fortunately, author Vicki Cobb has limited experiment materials to those objects people already have around their house(tape, wire hangers, etc.). No experiment is dangerous and none of them require adult supervision in any way.
The book is sort of an Intro. to Science for younger children. Kids will enjoy the bright colorful illustrations. Each scene takes place across a pure white background, occasionally dotted by a window or a tree. The pictures will certainly date in 5 to 10 years down the road, but if you want something that will make your kids interested in science NOW, then this is the book for you. And hey, it won the Robert F. Sibert Honor in 2004! If you're brave enough to take a chance introducing your kids to a little well wrought non-fiction, this here's a good starter book for them to consider.