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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Water Fun, edited by Charlie Gardner. DK, Tourmaline Editions. 2011. $13.99 ages 3 and up

"Dear Scientist,
Let's find out about the world you live in. You can be a great science
detective if you look for clues, ask questions, and try to answer
them. Carry a notebook to make drawings and to write down your thoughts. Have a box for collecting things."

The front pages offer an invitation to children and their adult supervisors to come on in and have some fun, while learning about the science of the world. Information about water itself is followed by instructions on how to be safe while you are experimenting with it. The colorful photographs that anchor the pages give a taste for what will be found inside!

Each page gives step-by-step instructions for exploring water and its many properties. The photographs are clear and a 'stuff you need' box shows captioned objects that will be part of the upcoming learning and fun. The first set is about floating and sinking. Two tests are shown, and a flap on the right side explains the 'science stuff' concerning what has just been discovered and includes a 'follow up' for further learning.

Motion, color, hot and cold, melting, the water wheel, surface tension and the music that can be made with varying amounts of water follow. Each is numbered, clearly captioned for method and accompanied by clear, large photos to help the young scientist learn about the principles of water.

A glossary and a shopping list ensure the usefulness of this little gem. If you find yourself running out of fun things to do with the kids before school starts, it would provide hours of fun while teaching them much about water itself.

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