Academic journal article Science and Children

How a Solar-Powered Home Works

Academic journal article Science and Children

How a Solar-Powered Home Works

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By Robyn Hardyman. $26.60. 32 pp. Gareth Stevens Publishing. New York. 2014.

ISBN: 9781433995484.

Have you ever wondered how the Sun's energy, traveling from 93 million miles (150 million km) away, can power a home? Did you know that it takes eight minutes to travel the 93 million miles to get to Earth? This children's book helps answer those questions.

Accompanied by engaging photos on every page, the text is arranged in short passages around the images. The layout is visually appealing and makes the in-formation easier for students to grasp. There are 13 concepts presented, each with a two-page spread for a description and an explanation. At the beginning of each concept, there is a brief explanation of the concept, which appears in red to highlight the definition and facts. These concepts include energy from the Sun, using solar power, thermal solar power, how solar cells work, and electricity from sunlight. "Eco Facts" are scattered throughout the pages to explain such topics as heating water, how a solar oven works, solar electricity, sending messages, and the solar future. The book also highlights projects such as Energy for Opportunity, a program that installs solar systems in West Africa for people in rural areas that have not had electricity. …

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