Reviews for Understanding Electricity

Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996
The books use activities with elaborate set-ups to illustrate fairly basic physics principles. Explanations of the concepts provide only minimal scientific context. Readers may enjoy constructing and playing with their experiments, but little of substance is offered for lasting learning. Color photographs and cartoonish illustrations help explain the activities; lists of materials needed would have been useful. Glos., ind. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

School Library Journal Reviews 1996 March
Gr 3-5 Entertaining and instructional series entries. Double-page experiments consist of illustrated step-by-step directions with proper safety cautions, explanations of how or why they work, and suggestions for further exploration. Making Shapes uses shape making and shifting to illustrate concepts from different branches of science. Pushing and Pulling introduces gravity, weight, friction, hydraulic forces, fluid drag, and pulleys. Understanding Electricity uses a 6-volt battery and 6-volt lightbulb along with other simple household products to explain resistance and electroplating as well as the parts of an electric circuit itself. There are also projects showing the effects of static electricity and how batteries work. All three books have full-color photographs and cartoon drawings that are appealing and informative. Youngsters will pursue these titles for fun as well as for assignments. Margaret M. Hagel, Norfolk Public Library System, VA Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews