Title: Your Wonderful World of ScienceYour Wonderful World of Science
Author: Mae & Ira Freeman
Illustrator: Rene Martin
Pages: 80
Recommended Ages: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★★★

This book was published by Scholastic in the 1950s. That right there gives it more class than at least 95% of the children’s books published last year. I’ve mentioned before what happens when I buy ratty old Scholastic books. I really like them. And I wonder why I don’t do it more often.

In this book, authors Mae and Ira Freeman explore the natural world in simple but educated tones. The information is exactly what a child would want to know about such things as rocks, metals, water, air, plants, sunshine, etc. While not overwhelming or deeply scientific, Your Wonderful World of Science still has a respectable air about it – it was written during a time when children were expected to direct their attention towards their reading material, not have it pulled in by flashy images and “cool facts”.

That said, there were lots of interesting facts. But what I appreciated most were the natural (and easy) experiments which the book outlined to demonstrate different natural facts.

For example, when explaining that air occupies space, the authors encouraged us to find a paper bag, then twist the top until the bottom has swollen up with trapped air. You can’t twist the bag anymore because the air takes up room. The relationship of the earth’s rotation to the sun’s position is also practically demonstrated with a ball and flashlight.

My only disappointment came in the second chapter when Earth’s origin was explained in evolutionary terms. Evolution in no way affected the rest of the content.

Conclusion. A good introduction to basic scientific facts for young students.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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