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School Library Journal Review
Gr 6-9A single-volume, topically arranged look at the world of science that provides readers with enough information to gain both insight and comprehension. Especially well done is the section on visual perception, color theory, and the concepts of light and image. After first explaining these ideas, the authors then relate the role played by color in plants and animals and its role in camouflage. Even formidable subjects such as DNA structure and organic/inorganic chemical compounds are explained in basic, yet never overly simplistic, chapters. The excellent illustrations are an additional strength here. Through both full-color photographs and diagrams, readers are presented with clear images that are well integrated within the text. Unfortunately, the material is not always easy to access. The index is disappointingly brief, and no see-references are provided. Also, the use of the word "Children's" in the title is somewhat misleading, and may put off middle-school and junior-high readers.Anita Palladino, Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Gr. 5^-8. In this large-format science guide with colorful illustrations on every page, a wide variety of topics are discussed: including discussions of sound, sight, optical illusions, cells, DNA, photosynthesis, chemistry, probability, gravity, acceleration, air pressure, heat, energy, electricity, radiation, and the human body. Given the high quality of the book's photographs, drawings and diagrams, a science-minded child might enjoy browsing through it. Given its broad coverage, librarians might find this volume a useful backup resource when the books on a given topic have been checked out. Carolyn Phelan
Horn Book Review
The best chapters in this attractive and well-written book transcend the disciplinary boundaries of biology, physics, and chemistry by focusing on issues such as plant and animal communication, rotting and recycling, and the role of chance in science. More than half the book deals with physics-related material, and evolutionary biology is not included. Color photographs and diagrams illustrate the book. Glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.