Reviews for Chemistry : Getting a Big Reaction

Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 November/December
Created by Simon Basher, these handy little guides present the basics of essential curricular subjects in a fun and interesting manner. With characters who correspond to the specific content area, color coordinated chapters provide one page of explanation and a full page illustration. The colorful characters, fun facts, do?s and don?ts, and casual writing will appeal to struggling students or visual learners, although some of the terms and descriptions may be difficult for some. These nifty guides would make a nice supplement to the teaching and learning process. Glossary. Table of Contents. Index. Additional Selection. Nick Petrosino, School Librarian, Harmon Middle School, Pickerington, Ohio [Editor?s Note: See for activities and other resources.] ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 November

Gr 4-8--Two new titles follow the format of Green and Basher's Physics and Biology (both Kingfisher, 2008) and other visually appealing introductions to the sciences. Chemistry begins with a short overview of the discipline and information on Antoine Lavoisier's 18th-century scientific findings. Concepts are grouped by associations: "Basic States" (solid, liquid, etc.), "Nuts and Bolts" (atom, ion, etc.), "Nasty Boys" (acid, base, etc.), and more. The individual concepts are each introduced over a spread that features a computer-generated cartoon of a character representing the idea and a brief introduction to its characteristics and personality. Math follows a similar format, but without an introduction. Chapters include, among others: "Number Bunch" (zero, infinity, etc.), "Special Sum-Things" (add, subtract, etc.), and "Shape Shifters" (line, angle, etc.). In both books, the information is presented in a chatty, first-person voice. For example, "Acid" announces: "The most notorious of the Nasty Boys. I'm mad, bad, and thoroughly dangerous to know. Given the chance, I'll eat away at Metal and burn through your skin!" Other basic facts are provided in bullet points and small boxed areas. Thee worthwhile library purchases would make handy curriculum supplements.--Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA

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