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Cool Stuff and How It Works

Cool Stuff and How It Works

Fall 2005 Reference Books
Ages: 9 & Up
Author: Ben Morgan
Author: Luke Collins
Author: Clint Whitchalls
Author: James Flint
Author: Chris Woodford
Publisher: DK Publishing
ISBN: 0-7566-1465-1
Hardcover Price: $24.99
This is a book for 21st Century kid who are curious about everything. It's essentially a book about how cool stuff works but with a very important difference for young readers. Cool Stuff and How It Works utilizes diagrams far better than most books of its kind, striking an excellent balance between pictures and text. This feature is worth mentioning. Too many general interest explanation books are so much like textbooks they turn kids off. The sections on “bionic” limbs and “how glue works” were favorites in our reading group. The entries are written in tone and length to hold interest and peak a child's curiosity about all those everyday items we take for granted. Parents are advised to be ready for lots of questions after children read this one.
Drego Little   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Drego Little is a graduate student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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