Children are fascinated with how things work. This well illustrated book presents clear explanations of familiar machines. Axes, scissors, slides, seesaws, are just a sampling of topics covered. Charming illustrations feature children and adults as part of a small community using simple machines to make their life easier and enjoyable. 32 pgs, pb. ~ Deanne
This lively introduction to physics will get kids excited about how simple machines simplify our lives.
Kids use simple machines every day without realizing it. Teeth are wedges and so are knives, forks, and thumbtacks. Many toys such as slides, which are inclined planes, and seesaws, which are levers, are also simple machines. Two appealing kids and their comical cat introduce levers, wheels, pulleys, inclined plains, and more, and explain how they work.
This picture book series uses simple, hands-on activities to help children understand scientific concepts of gravity, magnetism, light waves, simple machines, floatation and density. Adler's writing creates clarity regarding what might be a difficult concept for some children. He talks to the reader to draw them in by connecting to their everyday experiences. Lively art illustrates scientific concepts clearly with the added fun of two children learning together.