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Beyond the Bunsen burner and microscope: Mind-blowing fun for inquisitive kids of all ages.

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On Earth

by G. Brian Karas, Putnam (2008)
ages 5-8

With minimal text and colorful pictures, On Earth offers children "a giant ride in space/spinning like a merry-go-round" as it explains the earth's daily and yearly cycles. Kids get a rudimentary explanation of the planet's orbit, rotation, and tilt; gravity; why we have seasons; and what happens as day turns into night. Vocabulary is simple for early readers, but some adult explanation of complex scientific concepts may be necessary.

Bottom line: Kids will get a first glimpse of how their everyday observations are connected to the larger life of the planet.