The Jumbo Book of Science: 136 of the Best Experiments from the Ontario Science Centre.
Carol Gold with Mary Donev, Stef Donev and Hugh Westrup.
Illustrated by Pat Cupples, Linda Hendry and Tina Holdcroft.
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1994. 192pp., paper, $10.00.
Reviewed by Pat Steenbergen.
Volume 22 Number 4.
Carol Gold, author of Scienceworks,1 Foodworks,2 How Sport Works,3 and other science books for children, is the co-ordinater of the Ontario Science Centre. In The Jumbo Book of Science she combines the best of the three titles mentioned above. Once again, children are stimulated to use an entertaining hands-on approach to discover answers to 136 fascinating scientific enquiries.
The Jumbo Book of Science is organized into seven sections, such as "Body Science" and "Science That Grows on You." An index is also included. The clearly written text is complemented by lively black-and-white illustrations. This format provides the young reader with factual information in an entertaining way. Each experiment or activity clearly lists the necessary household materials and the step-by-step procedures required to demonstrate the scientific concept being explored.
A young reader's curiosity in science will easily be stimulated by the activities m The Jumbo Book of Science. The numerous questions posed such as "How do airplanes fly?" and "Where does the wind come from?" expose the child to a wide range of scientific principles. This book allows eight-to twelve-year-olds to enjoy hours of f m exploring basic science.
Grades 3 to 7 / Ages 8 to 12
Janice Foster is a teacher-librarian with the Fort Garry School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba
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