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Switch On, Switch Off (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) Paperback – September 4, 2001
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About the Author
Melvin Berger is the author of many classic LRFOs, including Germs Make Me Sick!, Oil Spills! and Why I Cough, Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn, as well as other nonfiction on the Harper backlist. He lives in East Hampton, NY.
Carolyn Croll is the distinguished illustrator of many books for children, including the I Can Read Books The Big balloon race by Eleanor Coerr and Clara and the Bookwagon by Nancy Smiler Levinson. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.
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The books are accessible to kids, well illustrated, and contain actual activities pertinent to the topic -- always a plus with kids' books. They remind me, in fact, of a series of science books that I read when I was about 7 or 8 -- the "What is a [...]" series, which contained titles like "What is a Frog?" "What is a Planet?" "What is an Atom?". and so on. I loved them, and I think kids of early rading age will love these, as well as potentially developing an interest in learning more about science.
The only down side is, the reading age of these books is given as "4 to 8," which is, I think, a bit generous. I would put it at 4 to 7, maybe, and even an especially bright 7-year old may find the text a little elementary. The 8-year old I bought these for reads at a 5th grade level, and found the text "babyish," although she was fascinated by the subject matter. I notice that these books are labeled "Science 2," and there is also a "Science 1" series geared to even younger kids and pre-readers. I was hoping that there might be a "Science 3" series, more suitable for 8-10 year olds, but if there is I haven't found it yet.
Due to the extremely simple reading level I probably won't buy any more from this series for the particular 8-year old that I got these for. However, I will certainly consider more of these titles, and Series 1 titles as well, for my friends' younger children who are rapidly approaching the early literacy stage.
Another great book in this series. Teaches kids how electricity comes into your home. There are schematics showing simple wiring thru a house. It explains about the circuit and what happens when there is a broken circuits. Switching off and on is breaking the circuit. For a few days after our first reading of this book we had lots of appliances switching off and on, you know scientific experiments! Another one of those things in life we take for granted. This book helps kids become aware of electricity and how it works. Great.
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This book really explains electricity. My 8 year old daughter and I read it numerous times and now I understand electricity better than before.Published 15 months ago by Redeyedmama
This helped us with some science. My 7 year old is all about talking circuits now.Published 18 months ago by Sasha
Perfect book for my son who is obsessed with lights ans electrical outlets!Published 19 months ago by Carolyn Beggs
This is such an awesome and really great book! I love it! Definitely worth it to give it a read.Published on February 17, 2014 by vannemic
This book is a great way to introduce electricity to young children. For teachers it's real easy to creat activities from this book.Published on April 23, 2013 by jferd73