EXPLOSIVES by Gail Kay Haines


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Haines tries to define Explosives in the same easy terms she used for Fire (1975) and finds herself overextended when she gets beyond black powder and TNT and into atoms (""tiny, tiny bits of matter much too small to see"") and their components (""Smaller particles called 'electrons' buzz around and around the nucleus like a swarm of tiny bees""). Neither these analogies nor the loosely expressive drawings really tell enough, and in any case the same children who have to be told that ""explosives are things that blow up""--or who need the kind of literal illustrations of explosives-in-action that accompany every few sentences--probably aren't ready for nuclear fission anyway.

Pub Date: March 24th, 1976
Publisher: Morrow