Reviews for Color

Booklist Reviews 2013 May #1
There's no substitute for hands-on experience when it comes to learning scientific principles. This picture-book series explains science through simple projects a child can easily do at home with just a little help from an adult. For instance, one experiment involves making dots with markers on a piece of paper and then letting the edge of the paper get wet to illustrate that some colors are made up of other colors, which are visible when bled. The expected results to each experiment are supplied in the back matter, as well as opportunities for observation in the real world. Color discusses rainbows and light, mixing colors, and how some colors absorb heat or reflect it. These fun experiments are clearly illustrated with photos and computer figures inserted into the pictures to point things out. These ought to capture the imagination of budding second-grade scientists. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Each book contains seven question-based experiments that illustrate principles of various sciences, such as friction or soil composition; clear explanations of the results are appended. Unlike many science-experiment books, most of these simple experiments use easily obtained materials and can be performed by a child alone. Photos combine with a doughboy-like cartoon character to illustrate the material clearly. Reading list. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Science SLam: FUNdamental Experiments titles: Color, Dirt, Motion, and Water.]

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 April

K-Gr 3--Arranged, roughly, in order of complexity, the demonstrations in these volumes are also clearly laid out, with simply phrased directions matched to clear color photos or photorealistic images followed by questions about what young experimenters have observed (e.g., "Which push made the ball travel farthest-a roll, a throw, or a kick?"). Cartoonlike figures help elucidate the steps. Each volume closes with explanations of expected results and suggestions (with more questions) for related activities, plus brief glossaries (that contain pronunciation guides) and an up-to-date resource list. Though there are just seven projects per volume, some-such as Dirt's leadoff, which asks children to list the ingredients in a shaken jar of soil and water-are more challenging than they seem. By and large, this set offers informative, easy-to-achieve insights into selected principles of physics and chemistry.

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