Parents' Guide to

The Kingfisher Young Discoverers Encyclopedia of Facts and Experiments

By Tanya Smith, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Makes biology and science fun and exciting.

The Kingfisher Young Discoverers Encyclopedia of Facts and Experiments Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is an extraordinarily extensive compendium of science fact and activities. Kids eager to explore their environment will discover activities for making a sound cannon and an amplifier, as well as a crude burglar alarm. Other experiments reveal how to test the greenhouse effect, and how to create a terrarium and a backyard nature reserve.

The book's emphasis on care and respect for the natural world is especially evident in the last chapter. Young readers learn that pollution and indiscriminate treatment of the natural world threatens all living things: "Plants and animals that share the same habitat rely on each other for their survival." There is a close-up photograph of two beautiful but decapitated leopard heads, their bodies poached for the fur trade. The illustrations, both full-color drawings and photographs, are instructive, and an excellent complement to the science lessons.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate