Review by Booklist Review
Inviting children to explore fundamental questions about light and related phenomena, this attractive book introduces ideas such as the transfer of energy from one form to another, the properties of light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Does that sound complex? Fortunately, Adler knows know how to explain basic scientific principles through everyday occurrences that kids can understand, as well as simple activities that they can do at home. Using readily available materials (a flashlight, a book, cardboard tubes, and some tape), step-by-step directions, and the related pictures, children can show that light waves travel in straight lines. Other activities demonstrate transparent, translucent, and opaque materials as well as refraction and reflection. Raff's cheerful digital artwork includes a few imaginative illustrations of abstract concepts and many images of two children engaged in play that demonstrates the ideas discussed. Explaining light through simply written, basic explanations that offer a sound foundation of understanding for students to build on, this book is a great choice for school and public library collections.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Review by School Library Journal Review
Gr 2-5-This book introduces readers to the concept of light waves. Two young children and an anthropomorphic cow take readers on a tour of light energy in its various forms. Readers learn about translucency, transparency, reflection, refraction, different kinds of rays (gamma, x-rays, UV light, radio waves), and more. A handful of simple hands-on experiments are also included, allowing students to learn more about how light travels and how it can be bent using common household materials. The explanations, while simple and concise, are conveyed at a brisk pace-and the book ends rather abruptly. The appealing illustrations nicely complement the concepts conveyed in the text. For example, seven colored waves with different crests and valleys emerge from a prism and reflect from a white piece of paper to portray how colors are observed. The book concludes with an index and glossary, but lacks any listing of additional resources. VERDICT A worthwhile resource for large STEM collections looking to introduce young learners to the basic concepts of light waves.-Maren Ostergard, King -County Library System, Issaquah, WA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Horn Book Review
Light, energy, color, shadows, and reflection are all covered in this engaging, information-packed picture book. Simple activities with household objects (spoons, drinking straws, etc.) demonstrate the properties of light, such as how it travels in a straight line or how light waves can be bent. The illustrations, featuring a smiling boy and girl and (oddly) their cow professor, support the information in the text. Glos. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
The science of light: what it is, how it behaves, and how it colors, energizes, and illuminates our world. Adler uses small steps to move readers from understanding that light is energy that can be transferred from the sun to plants and animals and to humans to the concept of light as streams of photons that travel in waves that can be reflected, refracted, or absorbed. Demonstrations with common household items show children some properties of light: It travels in straight lines and can be bent or blocked. Adler ends with a discussion of color that will be accessible to children, Raff's illustrations showing a prism breaking light into a rainbow and then the various colors as undulating lines of different wavelengths. Two further spreads describe infrared and ultraviolet light and how the reflection of light waves gives color to objects. The digital artwork is cartoony and features a pale-skinned adult farmer with curly brown hair, a child with similar features and skin tone, and a brown cow (originally brought into the tale as part of the energy chaincow to hot dog to energy for humansand later dressed as a stereotypical nerdy scientist: glasses, green lab coat with pens in breast pocket, red bow tie). Italicized words are defined within the text and in a closing glossary. A good beginning look at light and all the ways it's important to life on Earth. (Informational picture book. 6-10) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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