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Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities (For Kids series) Paperback – July 1, 2009
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"Hollihan introduces readers to the scientific brilliance, as well as the social isolation, of this giant figure, blending a readable narrative with an attractive format that incorporates maps, diagrams, historical photographs, and physics activities." —Booklist
"Written for children, this book is also a great resource for teachers and parents." —Connect
"Sanitized, sculpted, and politically correct stories of human luminaries are typically fed to schoolchildren. Author Kerrie Logan Hollihan, however, offers middle-grade readers a refreshing and comprehensive look at the man touted as the greatest scientist who ever lived." —BookLoons
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What I like about them is the easy-to-read text and the activities included that help kids put what they read into perspective. This particular book has kids building waterwheels, testing pendulum swings, and investigating Newton's three laws of motion. Lots of fun activities!
What I didn't like in this particular book is that, although it was written for grades 4-7, the text (especially in the last half of the book) was more appropriate for grades 7-12. The information provided about Newton includes his battles with depression and the possibility that Newton hid a homosexual relationship. I don't think many 4th graders are going to be very interested in these topics.
However, I still recommend the book as a family read aloud with discussion. All ages will enjoy the activity suggestions.
Author Kerrie Logan Hollihan not only chronicles the history of Newton's life and work but also introduces students to the methods of scientific discovery, including rational questioning, systematic experimentation, and rigorous exploration, by including 21 activities with step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations to help stimulate interest in science. Some of the activities include building a sextant, conducting a series of tests with a pendulum, and mixing up a batch of homemade ink. There is also information about many of Newton's Enlightenment contemporaries and friends, such as mathematician Galileo Galilei and architect Christopher Wren. Newton was certainly not a "perfect" human being, and this book does not gloss over his faults.
Two things stand out about Newton: First, "he firmly believed that God was the creator of all things" (p. 70). Also, in spite of what some revisionist historians have concluded, "Newton's reputation as a great man of science stands firm" (p. 120). [...] Otherwise, Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids is a fascinating look at a great scientist who, despite his personal weaknesses and failings, contributed much to our understanding of the physical universe.
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Very useful ! Appropriate for brilliant 9 year olds. Interesting and fun because of the experiments. Highly recommended !!!Published 2 months ago by Perfectionist
A bit "forced." The idea is great, but execution could be much better.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
No one will ever ever displace "zac boy" from his position as the second greatest man of all time. Ha ha ha etceteraPublished 23 months ago by the ALIEN