Science Books & Films' Best Books for Children, 1988-91

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Preface

In Scrambled Eggs Super, by Dr. Seuss, a young adventurer named Peter T. Hooper embarks on a quest to find something new:

You see, I was sitting here, resting my legs And I happened to pick up a couple of eggs And I sort of got thinking--it's sort of a shame. That scrambled eggs always taste always the same. And that's because ever since goodness knows when, They've always been made from the eggs of a hen. Just a plain common hen! What a dumb thing to use With all of the other fine eggs you could choose!

Those still laboring under the misconception that children's science books are a boring lot need only venture through the pages of this book to realize that, like Peter T. Hooper, today's authors and illustrators are no longer scrambling the same old eggs. Indeed the children's science books reviewed in this volume are as varied and diverse as life itself. And with all of the fine books we can choose to delight and inform young minds, there is no need to settle for the commonplace.

Since 1965, the staff and reviewers of Science Books & Films (SB&F) have enjoyed the happy task of examining and evaluating children's science books. As the review journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, SB&F has provided authoritative and critical reviews of science resources for all ages. While staff and reviewers have enjoyed the challenge of covering the wide spectrum of audiences that SB&F serves, the children's book reviews have always been a labor of love. This is only fitting because the publication evolved, more than 37 years ago, from a National Science Foundation-funded library of exemplary science books, which traveled to elementary and high schools nationwide. Today, many educators are discovering what SB&F reviewers have known for years: Good children's science books are one of the best ways to stimulate naturally curious young minds to explore their world.

What makes a good children's science book? Many of the same components that make a good children's book: The presentation, the organization, the language, and the quality of the illustrations, to name a few. But, science books must do more than just tell a good story. They must be accurate and present scientific processes in a way that can be understood by a child without misleading oversimplification. In addition to this fundamental requirement of scientific

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