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HOW SCIENCE WORKS by Judith Hann

HOW SCIENCE WORKS

by Judith Hann

Pub Date: May 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-89577-382-1
Publisher: Random House

 Subtitled 100 Ways Parents and Kids Can Share the Secrets of Science, this attractive collection is lamentably lacking in essential safety warnings. Although the introduction states that ``where adult supervision is essential, this is clearly stated,'' several experiments involve lighted candles or even a homemade alcohol burner without suggesting adult supervision; moreover, instructions for making the burner are dangerously inadequate- -e.g., there is no warning that alcohol spilled on hands or clothing is flammable. Aside from the safety issue, some experiments are without sufficient instructions. A model crane requires over 30 parts but the accompanying diagram, less than two inches square, gives no measurements, while a caption directs: ``You will need: balsa or plywood cut as shown.'' Good luck! Outstanding photos; glossary; extensive index. Beautiful, but unsafe! (Nonfiction. Adult)