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- ASIN: B004V3R8Y8
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
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The Periodic Table: Elements with Style! (Paperback) Unknown Binding – 2007
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This book is about 100 pages long. Each element has a first person description offered in a "my space" style narrative. Strontium, for instance says, " I'm Scottish, named after the town of Strontian where I was discovered. You may see me as a shy, run-of-the-mill, silver-colored metal, but I've got a few surprises up my sleeve..." Magnesium brags, " I'm sparky, and I always cause a reaction!" Barium's page declares, "...I'm a real rocker and more reactive than calcium." These sometimes silly descriptions do provide useful information about the various elements, and make the task of memorization easier.
Accompanying cartoon type illustrations give a visual presence to each element. Gold resembles a ghost from the old Pac-Man game, standing high on a pedestal. Lead appears as a warrior dressed in Spartan style. My personal favorite is sulfur, who is quite absurdly shown as a cute little girl dressed in yellow! My seven year old daughter found the simply rendered drawings to be highly amusing and they helped her form an identity for each element.
The book is organized into sections about hydrogen, the alkali metals, the alkaline earth metals, the transition elements, the boron elements, the carbon elements, the nitrogen elements, the oxygen elements, the halogen elements, the noble gases, the lanthanides and actinides, and the transactinides.Read more ›
As I read through this book, I was struck by how much it reads like some of my kids Pokemon books - the drawings of the elements have a Japanese anime look to them, and they are grouped in very Pokemon-like groups, "The Alkali Earth Metals" (once thought to be harmless and boring, until they were released from Oxygen, at which point they became unruly), "The Transition Elements" (a motley crew of rednecks), etcetera.
And each individual element has a catchy description, a cool drawing, and the same 10 basic bullet points facts for each one (symbol, color, classification, etc..) This presentation makes the information very accessible to most children. It would actually make excellent information for trading or flash cards.
In fact, I think the author could make a great educational game based on this book. Kids could easily learn and retain some of the fascinating facts about different elements if it was presented in the context of a game..
The book is organized by periodic table group, the graphic at the top of the page shows each element's location on the table. The elements introduce themselves with a sense of humor and share facts about their appearance and uses.
Zinc, symbol Zn, says, "Here to protect and serve, I'm more useful than you'd zinc! I'm a very sociable element that's always happy to mix in with other metals."
The illustrations that represent each element make the book. Silicon is a computer chip/centipede while Aluminum is a stylized airplane. They evoke Japanese anime characters and the poster of the periodic table bound into the back of the book remids me of the Pokemon poster that used to hang in my entling's bedroom. I found the drawings utterly compelling.
The book invites casual reading as well as cover to cover absorption.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son collects these books. They are a fun way for your child to learn and they all have a poster in the back. Very cool design of children's literature!Published 2 months ago by AirTech
My nine year old granddaughter was studying the tables in school and wanted to have her own copy. The book is well done and offers age appropriate descriptions.Published 3 months ago by SusieQ
The elements are organized and illustrated in easily digestible sections in this cute but highly educational book.Published 4 months ago by Crystal Hubbard
i have the complete periodic table so don,t EVER send this one!Published 4 months ago by Amanda Nili Cohen
Does not explain all of the elements, which I thought it did. They are also organized differently from the conventional table.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Best book for kids curious about science but not yet into the thick reading. Each character/element is described in a clever and informative way. As a parent I learned A LOT. Read morePublished 8 months ago by dnjii