A study of plastics, examining where they come from, and how they are extracted, purified, designed, manufactured and recycled. It explores the properties of plastics and the technologies used to shape them into products used in everyday life. The volume includes photographs, illustrations and detailed technical artwork; technology boxes showing the steps in a particular manufacturing process; historical facts explaining how processes were done in the past; and "Into the Future" sections which look at what advances may be made in the 21st century.
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Grade 3-6-These books start with a definition and then jump from topic to topic using lengthy descriptions of how the product is made from raw materials, types of manufacturing, and the variety of end results. The need to recycle, changes from the early development to the present, and future needs are addressed. The texts are dry and are unlikely to draw in readers. The photos and drawings are helpful, but the variety in font size and blurbs of information make it difficult to navigate through the plethora of information. Confusing clutter with a mixture of glimpses from the past and ideas for the future are all thrown in among the pages. No pronunciation guides are provided in the texts or short glossaries. A plus is the list of keywords to search for on the Web. It's unlikely that most collections will need these titles.
Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
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Book Description Heinemann Library, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110431143072