Age Range: 7 - 10
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Part of the Geography For Fun series, this latest is a hands-on approach to learning about erosion, the water cycle, pollution, and the natural resources that are rivers and seas. Each two-page spread features a separate topic, including Underground Water, Waves and Wind, and The Power of Water. A short paragraph introduces each section, and is followed by detailed steps that will lead the reader in building a hands-on model demonstrating the concept and using materials commonly found in the home. A short “What’s Happening” section tells about the science behind why the model works. Finally, a boxed paragraph gives other interesting facts that are related to the same topic. Readers will build a model of the water cycle with plastic bottles, cardboard, and ice cubes and a water wheel to harness the power of falling water. They can grow stalactites, make pictures with oil paint—representing an oil slick—and learn firsthand about the varying densities water can have, depending upon its salinity. Most of the projects are high-interest, and all will help the reader learn about water—the substance that makes up two-thirds of the earth’s surface. The directions are easy to follow, with the exception of measurements and patterns, most of which must be approximated from the illustrated steps and photograph of the completed project. Robson does an excellent job explaining concepts and introducing vocabulary, including a glossary at the end. A good addition to any library that caters to budding young scientists and their teachers. (Nonfiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-7613-2421-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Copper Beech/Millbrook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2001