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What Is Science? Hardcover – August 8, 2006

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–A different version of this poem initially appeared in Lee Bennett Hopkins's Spectacular Science (S & S, 1999). Dotlich begins and ends with the line, What is science?/So many things. In between, she enumerates some of the areas of study–astronomy, geology, paleontology, oceanography, botany, meteorology, and zoology. Each page has just a few words, in large print, superimposed on a background of boldly colored acrylic, pastel, and collage art. The rhyming text flows nicely, but because some spreads contain only sentence fragments, a quick read-through is necessary to get the full effect of the rhyme and cadence. Pleasingly rounded shapes dominate the paintings, which feature stylized boys and girls of various ethnicities, surrounded by plants and animals, as they observe nature and use books in their research. Many children are attracted to science, but few youngsters realize all that the word encompasses. Although this book leaves out important categories, such as chemistry and mathematics, it does introduce a wide range of subjects. With its large illustrations, simple text, and important concepts, this title will be enjoyed by newly independent readers, or will ignite excitement in a group. A unique look at the topic.–Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
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This vividly illustrated picture book points out the breadth and variety of subjects that science encompasses as well as some of the questions it addresses: "So into the earth, / and into the sky, / we question the how, / the where, when, / and why." First published in Lee Bennett Hopkin's anthology Spectacular Science: A Book of Poems (1999), Dotlich's poem "What Is Science?" works well here as picture-book text--with minor changes and a few added lines. In a series of double-page spreads, Yoshikawa depicts an inquisitive trio of children and their helpful dog engaged in a variety of activities: visiting an oilfield, twirling in a hurricane, flying a spaceship to Saturn, and camping out in the country, to name just a few. The well-composed illustrations, made of acrylics, pastels, and paper collage in glowing colors, use repeated forms to create a sense of visual rhythm that suits the rhyming text well. A nice discussion starter for classrooms beginning science units. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (August 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805073949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805073942
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a physicist with a speciality in education research, and I spent a lot of time looking for good books about science for my two young daughters. I've been pretty disappointed that most kids' science books convey science as a random collection of facts, and I have found very few that I like, but this book was worse than usual. It says things like "science is about stars and planets, rocks and soil, hurricanes and airplanes," as if science was about the *content*, rather than the *process*. Yes, science is about those things, but so is art and literature. The content of science, like the content of art and literature, can be anything, so this book tells you nothing about what science is actually about. If you want a good book about science, try this one instead: What Makes the Seasons?
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Find out about some of the things that are science, and then think of some more when you finish the book. The illustrations are bright and colorful with lots to look at. The text rhymes and flows very smoothly as you read it aloud. And although it talks about many different facets of science, many different topics it does allow open-endedness to the question so that readers can try to answer the question themselves as well. This is an all around great book.
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I used the book for Science teacher training during teacher preplanning. The elementary school teachers loved the pictures and the engaging text. The teachers were wanting to use the book during the first few days of schools. Bravo for getting teachers engaged in Science.
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I am very happy with this book. I was looking for a simple overview of what is science, to be read and shared with very young children. I wanted the book to cover many types of science, and it does.
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Our elementary school used this book in our After School Enrichment science program for K-1 students. It is wonderfully illustrated and easily understood by all. The children enjoyed this book and we will keep it in our library for many more to enjoy and explore!
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By Mel on February 24, 2013
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This is a great book to teach about what science is. My kids loved it and have become more interested in science.
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Simply, and in rhyme, this book brings about the realization to a child the many aspects of science. It rocks!
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Bought this for my daughters school. She said that her whole class loved it! They are in the 4th grade.
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