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What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2) Paperback – August 28, 1998

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-A fact-filled, accessible study of solids, liquids, and gases. The book gives examples of each state of matter and some simple activities that demonstrate the attributes of each. The last page presents three related science experiments. The author's use of sentence fragments, such as "Water flowing in the creek," is bothersome, but the humorous illustrations add to the text and provide a good mix of children of both genders and various races enjoying science. The page layout makes this title suitable for use with groups; the easy-to-read text makes it a good choice for independent reading and research. Teachers will delight in the clear definitions and examples used to introduce concepts that are often offered on a much higher level.
Marty Abbott Goodman, L. J. Bell Elementary School, Rockingham, NC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld worked as an editor of children's books for over ten years before beginning her career as a writer. She has written two other books for the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series" What Lives in a Shell?, illustrated by Helen K. Davie, and How Mountains Are Made, illustrated by James Graham Hale. Ms Zoehfeld lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.



Paul Meisel has illustrated many books for children, including Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?, Energy Makes Things Happen, and What Happens to Our Trash? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 7, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451635
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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this is an excellent literature connection for young children studying the concept of matter. it works well with the foss science module, "solids and liquids" for students in grades one and two.
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My son received this when he was almost 4, and understood the concepts of solid, liquid, and gases by 4.5yo! This describes the concepts in such a way that youngsters can easily understand, but won't bore older children. I would highly recommend this book, along with other books in the "Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science" series.
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This is a delightful book with good illustrations. It can be helpful in teaching children in grades 1-3 about physical properties in language they can understand. I recommend it highly. The only disadvantage is that now the physicists are telling us that there are 4 states of matter - the 4th being plasma, so the book is leaving out the newest category. However, I'm sure in the next edition the author and illustrator will find an engaging way to include the 4th state - the biggest example of which is our sun. So - if you're looking for books to teach early grade students about science, look at this author's work (Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld). She has many engaging books to help us educate our children, and have fun while we're doing it.
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This book is an excellent way to introduce solids, liquids, and gases. I used it with a 3rd grade class and it was perfect!
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I have a 6-yr old boy and a 7-yr old girl. It's very rare to find anything that they agree on but with What Is the World Made Of? I was able to find a book that both of them would enjoy and learn from at the same time. The easy-to-follow language made it easy for them both to follow along. The fun pictures and odd bits of humor kept them interested and wanting to know more. A fantastic find & one I hope to be able to use for quite some time.
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After reading this to my daughter last night, we engaged in a 30 minute long game of "Solid, Liquid, or Gas?" The book does a great job of explaining the states of matter. For the "Try It Yourself" sections it, of course, uses water for a test subject, going through freezing, evaporation, and condensation. I had to promise that we would do the experiments today.

Once again, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to teach their young children about basic science.
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I don't know how much of phase transition my five-year old son really understood after reading this book, but this book has certainly attracted his attention. After I read the first page, he asked me to read the whole book for him.
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An important book for explaining the physical world to a young mind. I look forward to reading this book to my granddaughter when she is old enough to ask questions like why the sky is blue or why water is different from rock.
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