A noteworthy review of Science Around Us from Children's Bookwatch on September 1, 2005
Science Around Us is a twenty title series specifically designed to appeal to reluctant young readers in grades 3 through 8. Written at a grade 4 reading level, each 32 page volume is enhanced with full-color photographs, a table of contents, informative sidebars, a glossary of key words and phrases, interesting facts sections, a timeline of key events or an animal kingdom chart, sources for further research (including thematically appropriate websites), and a comprehensive index. Twelve titles are dedicated to Biology (Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Insects, Mammals, Mollusks and Crustaceans, Reptiles, Sea Jellies, SeaStars, Spiders and Scorpions, Sponges, and Worms). Eight titles focus upon Physics (Electricity; Energy; Light; Magnetism; Matter and Material; Motion; Solids, liquids, and Gases; and Sound). Basic core additions to school library collections, each of these volumes (available individually: list price $27.07; school/library price $18.95), both school and community library systems would be well advised to acquire the Science Around Us series in its entirety for the benefit of their students and young patrons. This outstanding series is also ideal for homeschool curriculum development and supplementation.
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