I get wet

Vicki Cobb

Book - 2001

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Vicki Cobb science play
Science play
[New York] : HarperCollins 2001.
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
Main Author
Vicki Cobb (-)
Other Authors
Julia Gorton (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

/*Starred Review*/ Reviewed with Vicki Cobb's I See Myself. PreS.-Gr.2. Cobb takes a fresh approach to science for young children in the Science Play series. Each book introduces a single, simple concept through words, pictures, and experimentation (or as the series title would have it, "play"). Indeed, Cobb encourages adults reading the book aloud to put the book aside whenever an activity is suggested and let the child explore and discover before continuing reading. The bold graphics feature strong, simplified forms, colors, and patterns as well as the creative use of typography to represent, say, the path of a bouncing beam of light or the shape of a drop of water dripping from a faucet. In I Get Wet, a boy learns some of the properties of water through pouring it into different containers, observing it drip and flow, and trying to absorb it with waxed paper and paper toweling. I See Myself features a girl who finds out a little about vision, light, and reflection by playing with a mirror, a flashlight, and a bouncing ball. The crisp, upbeat look of the digital illustrations contrasts sharply with the often posed and tired-looking photographs routinely used in books of science experiments for young children. This playful approach reflects the enthusiastic tone in Cobb's text, which encourages children to discover for themselves the properties of water and light. An eye-opening debut for a promising series. ((Reviewed August 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Two accessible titles in the Vicki Cobb Science Play series by veteran educator Vicki Cobb, illus. by Julia Gorton, teach science basics. In I Get Wet, hands-on experiments and clear examples help youngsters discover the intricacies of H2O. I See Myself explores what makes mirrors work. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-K-Two basic concept books, one about the fluidity of water (Wet), and the other about the reflection of light (See). The initial page in each title is essentially the same, and Cobb suggests that adults should read this "Note to the Reader" in order to use each work to its best advantage. She advises that children listen to the text and stop to perform the simple experiments before reading continues. The equipment needed is readily available, and experiments are simple enough that youngsters can feel proud to have accomplished the tasks by themselves. Colorful illustrations, which appear to be generated by computer, range from visually appealing and clever to just plain boring. The text line can bounce off at an angle as in reflecting light or form the shape of a drop of water. Useful introductions for preschool science.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Introduces young readers to the diverse properties of water while explaining why water makes one wet through simple tests and illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Introduces young readers to the diverse properties of water while explaining why water makes one wet through simple tests and bold illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Know the fastest way to cool off on a hot summer day? You get wet!Know what happens when you stay out in the rain? You get wet!But do you know how and why you get wet? You will!Renowned science author Vicki Cobb has concocted just the right formula for making scientific principles easy for even the youngest kids to understand. Follow this book with a young child who loves to play, just add water, and -- presto! -- you have a science discovery that will forever change the way your child looks at the world.Discover science, and the world will never look the same.Fun hands-on activities and irresistible illustrations by Julia Gorton make this book a perfect excuse to learn about science...just for the fun of it!