A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Monday, June 17, 2013

169-170: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Energy Makes Things Happen & Forces Make Things Move

169. Energy Makes Things Happen by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.  Illustrated by Paul Meisel.
Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science

Rating: (5/5)
(US) - (Canada)

2003, HarperCollins, 33 pgs

Age: 6+

"Did you know that energy comes from the food you eat? From the sun and wind? From fuel and heat?
You get energy every time you eat. You transfer energy to other things every time you play baseball. In this book, you can find out all the ways you and everyone on earth need energy to make things happen."
Purchased new from a homeschool retailer, a long time ago.

I've always loved this set of science books and it is a legacy to it's founder Dr. Franklyn M. Bradley, that it is still going strong over 50 years after he started it.  This book is very well written in an engaging style.  While obviously covering a wide range of topics briefly at only 33 pages it can only touch upon the topic but it manages to set a firm foundation.  I'm particularly pleased with how well the book goes about relating how all energy can be related back to the sun from giving a variety of very different examples such as a rock rolling down a hill to the more obvious milk we drink from the table.  At the end of the book there is even a "game" challenging you to try to trace anything that uses energy back to the sun.  Fun!  The artwork is nice.  Meisel has created  large groupings of multi-ethnic children that look natural and are not even noticeable that he made a conscious effort to do so.  Of course publisher's ask for this sort of thing but Meislel's work is completely natural, with the ethnic groups being complete examples of real-life.  I like how he made red-heads prominent as well. Good serious book in the series.

170. Forces Make Things Move by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.  Illustrated by Paul Meisel.
Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science

Rating: (4/5)

(US) - (Canada)

2005, HarperCollins, 33 pgs

Age: 6+

"There are forces at work whenever you throw a ball, run up the stairs, or push your big brother off the couch. Want to learn more about the forces around you? Read and find out!"

Purchased new from a homeschool retailer, a long time ago.

From such a simple, basic book manages to give a detailed explanation of just what force is and consequently gravity.  This book will have children moving, pushing and pulling as they read or hear the text.  It is a very kinetic text and the sometimes difficult science topic is explained effortlessly with detail and humour.  One note on the humour: big brother is frequently used as the nemesis in the book as the force or opposition to the force which could cause some problems if your kids get as mobile as this book may get them. Now this is funny, but I suggest you either switch it up. ie big sister, little sister, little brother, or change it to someone not actually present when reading the book, ie Uncle Fred.  The humour will remain but the chance of someone getting carried away is a lot less likely LOL.  A great book in the series.

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