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How Do You Lift a Lion? (Wells of Knowledge Science Series) Paperback – January 1, 1996

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Grade 2-4?A basic introduction to levers, wheels, and pulleys. As two children lift a lion, pull a panda, and deliver a basket of bananas to a baboon party, Wells offers explanations for how and why these simple machines work. The hand-lettered text identifies technical terms such as fulcrum, force, friction, and other such words (also included in a glossary). One might quibble with some of the statements, such as "Leverage adds force to your own strength." Also the pen-and-acrylic cartoons are mediocre in quality and are merely adequate at depicting the concepts. A great idea with a fair-to-middlin execution.?Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
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"The humorous illustrations both inform and amuse the reader."

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"A basic introduction to levers, wheels, and pulleys."

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 750 (What's this?)
  • Series: Wells of Knowledge Science Series
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807534218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807534212
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 31, 2000
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This book easily and clearly illustrates the concept of pulley, screw and lever. Simple machines have never been so easy to explain. The cute animals and the banana party they have help the students in my 3rd grade class to understand force and work. Bravo!
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My 4 and 5 year olds have enjoyed reading this several times already! It's a good way to introduce simple machines to this age group, and has colorful pictures too! It's fun to think of lifting lions, or moving pandas on a wagon, or getting a bunch of bananas to a baboon party!
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I used this little book for a class assignment after teaching simple machines and the kids loved it. I gave them the challenge of how to lift a lion, given what they had learned about simple machines! Fun! They came up with the notion of having a "girl" lion at the top of an inclined plane with a "boy" lion at the bottom :)
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This book is well liked by the students who read it. The story is easy to understand for elementary school aged students with great illustrations. The book is technically accurate and includes a glossary.
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Great for kids to explain simple machines in a fun way that they can understand. When possible explained why these machines were so helpful in relation to gravity and friction. Not too much detail though especially with the pulleys, but enough new vocabulary to make this book a great part of a unit on simple machines. Covers: levers, pulleys, and wheels. Does not cover: screws, inclined plane, or wedges. Glad I got it in a hardback for longevity. My only complaint is I think the children's faces could have been drawn better... but that is a small complaint.
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My 7 year old just learnt a whole unit on simple machines
at school. They did some exciting hands on experiments too.
I thought a book would elevate the concept to the abstract level
that she can put in her mind.
I can then see it in my mind...... as she added.
She can see/spot simple machines in a lot of places where I would not even think of looking.
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This is an adorable book and a great way to teach about a number of simple machines (levers, wheels and axels, pulleys). I'm using it to teach Kindergarten through 2nd graders in the Jr. FIRST Lego League competition. It's hard to get through to a bunch of excited kids who just want to play with legos but this book is fantastic and held their attention.
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A great way to learn. It has fun drawings for kids to look at, explains all of the concepts very easily. I wish I had this series of books when I was a kid instead of the boring stale ones. Highly recommended if you want your kids to learn while reading.
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