Hands-On Science: Motion

Charlesbridge. (Hands-On Science). Feb. 2024. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781623542450.
K-Gr 3–An introduction to the concept of motion through an interactive format that will delight young readers and learners. Following Matter and Geology in the “Hands-On Science” series, this title allows readers to play with the forces of motion without getting messy in a style popularized by Hervé Tullet. The book refers to readers in the second person and informs them that they hold a physics lab in their hands. Physically manipulating the book in different ways (tilting, pressing, etc.) causes elements to shift and change with page turns, introducing the concepts of force, gravity, and friction. The layout of the pages is impeccably uncomplicated and clean, allowing the experiments to take center stage. The lack of unnecessary visual excess and first-person perspective of the illustrations elevates the impression of being able to enact change within the pages. The font is friendly while simple instructional language in short sentences invites early readers to the page. A simple activity on the last page encourages children to notice forces in the real world and provides instruction for a simple craft activity.
VERDICT A delightfully interactive introduction to a basic element of physics for the youngest independent readers. Recommended for purchase.

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