School Library Journal
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Using children's literature as a springboard, this title provides a series of science experiments designed to explore concepts and ideas that spring from various stories. At the beginning of each chapter, a children's book is nicely summarized. The author then explains a related science concept, suggests discussion questions that connect the experiment to the story, and offers ideas for taking the project further. This is serious science, and the experiments cover concepts including polymers, chemical reactions, and non-Newtonian fluids. For example, Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona is used to introduce children to the idea of acid-base reactions as they perform an experiment that creates "dancing spaghetti." The experiments do a really wonderful job of emphasizing the importance of observation and data collection. The writing is relatively clear, though adults with a limited science background may stumble with a few of the explanations. Overall, this book is great choice for home use and science units.-Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.