What do cars, stars, rockets and burgers all have in common? They're all made from the same 92 ingredients... and so are you. So is everything in the entire universe!
Find out how in this Mind-Blowing guide to the elements. You'll never look at a periodic table the same way again...
I have to say that this book was quite interesting, it had some good features, like cool science bits, element profiles and even fun experiments! The cover was a little underwhelming, or at least not as exciting as the inside of the book. It was fun to read at mealtimes, I usually read a book while having my breakfast, and this would certainly be a possibility!
The book gave me a completely different view of the world around me, instead of looking at milk as milk, I could look at it like a white soup of vitamins and elements, or look at cookies as solid lumps of starch, sugar and amino acids; it really makes the large world around me seem even bigger after learning to look at things as what they're made of, not what they are.
There were parts of the book that warned me about some very important things: like NEVER to bury my dad in a desert sand dune, and NEVER to drink sea water or it will lead to death, this is a very useful feature! I also noticed a couple of bits where they laid the facts out like a recipe, like for making a human being, and I can't help wanting to try the recipes!
I would say that the book is good for kids 10+, because there are some bits that have scientific chemical formulas that might confuse young children and put them off. The price is a little too high, it could possibly be cheaper, so that's another thing that can be improved. My overall feelings towards this book are good, a solid 10 out of 10. Enjoy
This is a fantastic book! Speaking as someone who took physics in the 5th and 6th form (showing my age there!) the periodic table can be a little overwhelming and, dare I say it, uninteresting but this book actually makes it come alive and explains how elements combine to make things.
Its written in a very basic and applicable way. This is a great introduction of periodic elements to primary school children and possibly secondary school age who are needing some help understanding the table or things being explained in a simple, easy to understand way.
The way the book is formatted and written certainly makes the subject interesting as opposed to those dreaded physics books of mine!!
If you are wanting to give your child a heads up on science this is definitely a great book to read with them or have as a reference when discussing science. You may well learn something as well.
This book contains some good definitions of words (under the heading "Cool words") as well as a list of websites and books to further investigate.
A fantastic find and a must for any well stocked bookcase. Well done Adrian Dingle!
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