Academic journal article Science and Children

The Shocking Truth about Electricity

Academic journal article Science and Children

The Shocking Truth about Electricity

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By Jennifer Swanson. 32 pp. $26.65. ISBN 9781429686020. 2012. Capstone Press. (Grades 3-6)

For a student of the right age, The Shocking Truth About Electricity is likely to be an enjoyable and educational read. The most likely target age for a reader is probably 10-12 years old. There is a good deal of very cheesy humor interspersed throughout the 32 pages of the book. There are cartoons pretending to talk to the reader and for readers who would find this treatment entertaining, it would be a good draw into the book. The use of odd-looking fonts begins on the cover and is interspersed through the book, though mostly in captions and asides to points being made by the author.

The actual science of the book is relevant and presented in such a way that even students getting their first introduction to electricity would learn some pertinent facts. Information being presented ranges from the charges on electrons and protons to how a battery works and how circuits are made. The information is pretty generic and simple but for a student getting an introduction to electricity, it could be helpful. The book might be useful in either helping remember what was taught in the classroom or in preparing for what is going to be taught. Other topics in the book include conductors, insulators, resistance--all the basic terms are introduced to the reader. …

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