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THE SCIENCE BOOK FOR GIRLS by Valerie Wyatt

THE SCIENCE BOOK FOR GIRLS

and Other Intelligent Beings

By Valerie Wyatt (Author) , Pat Cupples (Illustrator)

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 1-55074-113-6
Publisher: Kids Can

 A well-intentioned collection of experiments, puzzles, tricks, and tips meant to make science concepts and careers approachable to girls. The book is divided into three major sections--everyday science, science as a profession, and science-related activities. Each experiment is introduced in chatty, magazine-style dialogues between a girl and Nora, a fairy godmother who happens to be a self-appointed Natural Observation Research Activator. These corny vignettes segue into elementary experiments involving cooking, chemistry, math, the human body, weather, food, and biology. The section on careers encourages deductive reasoning; asides offer information about famous women scientists and ask thought-provoking questions. The science presented is friendly and not intimidating, although the giggly, cutesy conversations seems to run counter to the serious purpose expressed in the subtitle. Skeptics who question the notion of a gender-specific science book may find Wyatt's afterword useful, but with so many non-gender-specific activity and experiment books available, this one seems appropriate only for the most desperately timid. (diagrams, charts, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)