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

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7 Earth Sciences

Air and Water

JOHNSTON TOM. Air, Air Everywhere. (Illus. by Sarah Pooley; a Science in Action Bk.) Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens, 1988. 32pp. $11.95. 87-42752. ISBN 1-55532-406-1. Glossary; Index; C.I.P.EA, JH

This is a colorful and attractive book for middle-grade students on the properties of air and how we use it. Interesting activities with air are suggested using paper, kites, paper airplanes, a hovercraft made from a balloon, plungers, jars, and candles. Effective arguments against pollution and smoking are included. Unfortunately, the book uses the often misunderstood experiment of measuring the oxygen content of air in a jar by burning a candle in the inverted jar that is open at the bottom to water. When the water obediently rises to the required one-fifth level, we forget about the carbon dioxide that is produced, and readers will not think to ask what might happen if two burning candles were tried. A better explanation of the rising- water effect would involve heating and expanding the air before trapping it and then cooling it. My other complaint is with the "simple" explanation of respiration; the oxygen in the carbon dioxide we exhale does not come directly from the oxygen we inhale. Nevertheless, these small matters should not prevent purchase of the book.-- Paul R. Boehlke, Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN

JOHNSTON TOM. Water, Water! (Illus. by Sarah Pooley; a Science in Action Bk.) Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens, 1988. 32pp. $11.95. 87-42750. ISBN 1-55532-407-X. Glossary; Index; C.I.P.EA, JH

Water, Water covers the uses of water, the action of waves, sinking and floating, water in the air, hard water, capillary action, city water systems, the water cycle, and pollution. Many interesting activities and experiments are offered. In one activity, the reader is directed to build a little waterwheel with a weight attached. This homemade system can be used to measure the water pressure in the house at various outlets. This book also explores one of those important questions children ask early in life, such as what happens when you flush the toilet? This is discussed with an excellent illustration that shows where the waste goes and how it is treated. The suggested demonstrations and cartoon comments make this excellent book work.-- Paul R. Boehlke, Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Description of Annotations xv
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • 1 - Agriculture and Veterinary Science 1
  • 2 - Archeology and Paleontology 5
  • 3 - Astronomy and Space Science 21
  • 4 - Biographies 34
  • 5 - Biological Sciences 43
  • 6 - Computers and Information Science 148
  • 7 - Earth Sciences 150
  • 8 - Environmental Sciences 170
  • 9 - General Science 184
  • 10 - History and Geography 200
  • 11 - Mathematics 207
  • 12 - Medical and Health Sciences 210
  • 13 - Museums and Zoos 229
  • 14 - Physical Sciences 234
  • 15 - Social Sciences and Psychology 247
  • 16 - Science/Language Arts Connection 258
  • 17 - Technology and Engineering 263
  • Author Index 274
  • Title Index 281
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