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Let's try it out in the water
Simon, Seymour.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2001]

Physical Description:
26 unnumbered pages ; 23 cm
Presents simple activities and experiments that demonstrate buoyancy by observing why some things sink and others float in water.
Reading Level:
AD 490 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 70396.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 2 Quiz: 26788 Guided reading level: L.
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QC147.5 .S56 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Why do some things float and others sink? Does a small, wide container hold more water than a tall, thin one? How can you make a toy boat that floats sink to the bottom of a bathtub? Let's Try It Out Let's Try It Out in the Water contains fun-filled activities that encourage young children to use familiar and safe objects found in their homes or classrooms to make observations about the world around them. Whether guessing how much water fills up a bathtub, or pretending to be searching for sunken treasure, children will be entertained while they begin to learn important and basic science concepts. In this innovative new series for young children, acclaimed science writer Seymour Simon and Nicole Fauteux encourage children to think about the world around them by engaging kids in fun and simple activities. Each book contains tips for parents and caregivers on how to create positive learning experiences for even the littlest of scientists. Charming and lively illustrations by New York Times best-selling illustrator, Doug Cushman, ensures that the Let's Try It Out series is as much fun to look at as it is to try out!

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Booklist Review

Ages 4-9. Why does a small pebble sink in water while a big ship can float? What makes a balloon fly? Why do we smell cookies baking in the oven? How does the stink from a passing garbage truck reach us? The answers are complicated, but these playful picture books do a great job of using hands-on activities in daily life to explain basic science to young children. The book about water is full of splashing fun, teaching the concept of buoyancy by showing kids emptying containers into the sink, sailing boats in a pool, wading in the ocean. The book about air is more difficult, but in both books the writers include helpful information for adults about how to teach the science as an active part of the child's ordinary experience. The exuberant, colorful pictures add to the fun. The same cast of four children appears in both books (with a dog, a mischievous cat, and the occasional adult), exploring their world, asking questions, and then discovering astonishing patterns about how things work. --Hazel RochmanReference Books Bulletin

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-These series titles offer fun-filled activities to use as introductions to basic scientific principles. Each book contains notes to parents, teachers, and child-care providers about the types of activities incorporated, readily available materials needed, and working with children to help them make observations with their "bodies and senses." Typically, the titles ask readers to imagine a particular scene, such as being at the beach or outside on a windy day. A series of questions then follows along with some clearly written information and suggestions for simple experiments. For instance, Air challenges readers to see how long they can keep a balloon moving by blowing underneath it. In Water, after imagining they are at the ocean and spot a ship, children are encouraged to make a boat out of foil and place objects on it that previously did not float and report their observations. Cheerful drawings of ethnically diverse youngsters complement the texts by effectively illustrating the concepts and activities. These titles for the youngest scientists will work well in conjunction with the "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science" series (HarperCollins).-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.