Reviews for Tricks of Sound and Light

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
After a brief introduction, Brasch answers thirteen specific questions about each physics subtopic (e.g., "Why Are Bubbles Always Round?") using main text, captioned photos, diagrams, and simple experiments. The broad scope of the questions, from whether a singer's voice can shatter glass to how roller coasters work, results in some superficiality, but the information is accurate and accessible. Ind. [Review covers these Science Behind titles: Theme Parks, Playgrounds, and Toys and Tricks of Light and Sound.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2011 August/September
This new nonfiction series introduces children to the science and reasoning behind some often-asked questions about why and how things work. Although somewhat lacking in photography, there are multiple illustrations or diagrams on each spread to visualize the concepts. In the margins are helpful Word Watch sections which give definitions for new vocabulary, as well as Web Watch, which offers interesting links to further information and fun facts. Each book also contains instructions for a simple demonstration or experiment, which would make these a great tool for classroom instruction or science fair projects. Mallorie Colvin, MSI Candidate, University of Michigan School of Information, Ann Arbor, Michigan. RECOMMENDED ¬ 2011 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 November

Gr 5 Up--These question-and-answer format titles are attractive but flawed. An engaging question ("Do Any Plants Eat Animals?") is presented on each spread, followed by a brief answer and further explanation. Color photos, charts, maps, and sidebars help to illustrate important points and give the books an exciting look that will draw in reluctant readers. Foods We Eat contains information about food labeling specific to Australia, which may confuse some readers. Unfortunately, the many typographical errors, odd word choices, and frustrating experiment directions throughout mean that the series is not a worthwhile purchase.

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