Gr 2-4-Oversimplified introductions to atoms, elements, and the water cycle. Patten's writing is reminiscent of classroom lessons without creativity. Protons, neutrons, and electrons are not mentioned in the discussion of Atoms, and, in Elements, the discussion of the periodic table appears opposite a photo of a cat, with the caption, "Many different elements join together in special ways to make all living and nonliving things." The typeface in all three titles is big and bold, and one or more full-color photos appear on each double-page spread. Unfortunately, they often have little to do with the concepts under discussion. In Liquid, a photo of five girls in what looks like Halloween costumes is accompanied by the caption, "Children make good scientists because they ask a lot of questions." The text on the opposite page introduces evaporation and condensation. Each book has an adequate five-to-eight word glossary, but the indexes are often inaccurate and misleading. For example, lead, aluminum, copper, etc., are indexed, but are merely mentioned in the text as being "members of the atoms family.'' Better alternatives are Experiments with Chemistry and Experiments with Water (Childrens, both 1988), both of which not only explain atoms, molecules, water, etc., but also provide simple experiments to demonstrate the concepts. Olga Kumarets, New York Public Library
Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Rourke Educational Media. Library Binding. Book Condition: Good. Book has a small amount of wear visible on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G1559161272I3N00
Book Description Rourke Educational Media. Library Binding. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Dust Cover Missing. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Bookseller Inventory # G1559161272I3N11
Book Description Rourke Pub Group. LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: Good. 1559161272 Ships promptly. Bookseller Inventory # HCI1535FSGG050417H0753A
Book Description Rourke Pub Group. Book Condition: Acceptable. Ex-library. Moderate wear. Light interior markings. Bookseller Inventory # BOOK-0394-00899
Book Description Rourke Pub Group, 1995. Library Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P021559161272