The Kingfisher Young Discoverers Encyclopedia of Facts and Experiments

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Tanya Smith, Common Sense Media
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Makes biology and science fun and exciting.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the science experiments are fun, easy, and safe, and use everyday objects. Safety note: Some experiments require adult supervision.

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What's the story?

Transform your home into a first-rate science lab with this phenomenal science encyclopedia! Hundreds of practical science lessons are illustrated with handsome full-color art. From making maps to creating mini glaciers, kids learn about the natural world in dozens of safe hands-on projects. Makes the world of biology and science fun and exciting!

 

Is it any good?

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.

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  • Families can talk about how these lessons apply to the world today. Families can use lessons on glaciers and the greenhouse effect, for example, to begin a discussion on global warming.

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