A visually striking, oversize book containing poorly executed science experiments intended for young children. Each double-page spread includes a catchy heading, the "aim" for the experiment, equipment needed, step-by-step directions in color photos and text, an explanation, and a photo depicting results. Unfortunately, the experiments often do little to elucidate scientific method or concepts. For example, the aim for "Magic Balloons," an experiment in static electricity, is to "find out how to give balloons powers that seem magical." Some explanations are too brief to explicate the idea: after making a layered "cocktail" with honey, oil, and water and then dropping small objects into it, Wilkes concludes that "Objects float best in dense liquids, as these support their weight best"; but while the photo shows one object floating in each layer, she never points out that the different densities of a grape and a metal object also account for their positions. Pretty pictures, poor science.
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