Wednesday, October 12, 2016

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Science of Fun Stuff To Go!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Become an expert on your favorite sports, treats, magic tricks, and more in this fact-tastic boxed set of six nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read books that are part of a series about the science of fun stuff!

Full of engaging science and quirky facts, this incredible Science of Fun Stuff collection will teach Level 3 readers everything they want to know about the behind-the-scenes physics, chemistry, and technology of baseball, amusement parks, magic, snow, candy, and airplanes! A special section at the back of each book includes Common Core–vetted extras on subjects like history, social studies, geography, and math, and there’s even fun quizzes so readers can test themselves to see what they’ve learned! Learning science has never been so much fun!

Included in this Science of Fun Stuff boxed set are The Innings and Outs of BaseballThe Thrills and Chills of Amusement ParksPulling Back the Curtain on Magic!The Cool Story Behind SnowThe Sugary Secrets Behind Candy; and How Airplanes Get from Here…to There!


REVIEW

The books in this series take readers behind the scenes of some really cool topics to explain the science that allows those things to exist.  This fabulous new series is both visually and textually appealing.  The cartoon illustrations add humor to the explanatory text.  The scientific terms for things are used, but most of them are explained as simply as it can be.  I learned quite a bit from these books and I've studied some of this material before.  A great series for children who are budding young scientists.

The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks takes the reader inside the science behind the creation of not only the rides such as roller coasters and bumper cars, but also takes a look at some of the treats and games as well.  Newton's three laws of motion are introduced and demonstrated as well as the concept of gravity and centripetal force.  The end of the book provides additional fun details about the history of amusement parks in America, the locations of some of the best known amusement parks and facts and figures about some of the most extreme rides.  This is a fascinating look at the science behind all the fun people have at amusement parks.

The Innings and Outs of Baseball focuses on the science of America's pastime.   The book looks at the science behind hitting, pitching with explanations of several different types of pitches and how they are possible), the stadium experience, and baseball experiments.  I didn't realize that certain pitches come about because of the way the pitcher holds the ball.  Some of the experiments performed over the years related to baseball are also fascinating.  Additional information includes a brief baseball timeline, women in baseball, and the anatomy of the human arm.  A brief quiz allows the reader to see how much they remember from the book.

Pulling Back the Curtain on Magic! I loved this one because like many people I'm fascinated by magic tricks.  This book shines a light on some of the major concepts behind magic (misdirection, illusion, distraction) as well details about how certain tricks work and why they do.  References to certain characteristics of the human brain were interesting as were the details about how magicians take advantage of them.  I think my favorite part of this book was the explanation for how you can get a straw to penetrate an apple.  It's science, not magic!  A great book for budding young magicians.

The Cool Story Behind Snow explores the water cycle and how precipitation forms along with the differences between rain, snow, sleet, and hail.  Additional information is provided on how a snow storm develops including details about blizzards and ice storms.  Weather balloons, weather prediction and weather records are included at the back. The illustrations add plenty of humor to this title making for both an entertaining and informative read.  

The Sugary Secrets Behind Candy taught me a lot about the processes involved in making sugar and chocolate.  I had no idea there was so much going on behind the scenes in candy production.  And the information about taste buds and how certain flavors are created was down right delicious.  I loved reading about the different kinds of candy found around the world as well as the candy history section and the Hershey timeline.  Lots of sweetness can be found in this book.

How Airplanes Get from Here...to There!  Flight is something that seems to fascinate both young and old.  In this book young readers can learn about the Wright Brothers as well as the basic principles behind how and why an airplane flies.  Instructions for building a paper airplane combine with suggestions for where flight might go next and amusing illustrations make for an appealing read for airplane aficionados.



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