Top gifts for aspiring scientists
Beyond the Bunsen burner and microscope: Mind-blowing fun for inquisitive kids of all ages.
By GreatSchools Staff
by G. Brian Karas, Putnam (2008)
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.
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