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Summary: Unforgettable Experiments that Make Science Fun Steve Spangler. bottle of water. Turn on the flashlight and turn off the lights in the room. Now, uncap the lid and let the water begin to flow. As the light from the flashlight passes through the
... This nonfiction picture book is filled with experiments you can do with products around the house.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 11 and Up
Interest Level: 9 and Up
Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Moms, dads, and teachers will like that there are safety instructions on the first page of each experiment. My young scientist — who is probably not atypical of other kids — didn’t want to “waste time” reading those!
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun, fun book! The experiments are great and the author does an incredible job explaining the science and making it relevant to everyday life. I learned lots … even for the experiments we haven’t done yet.
Pros: This is a fun, fun book! The experiments are great and the author does an incredible job explaining the science and making it relevant to everyday life.
Cons: The School Library Journal rated this as a book for kids in fourth through ninth grade. If an adult conducts the experiment, second and third graders will also enjoy the science, too. Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes could easily become a recipe for disaster without adult supervision nearby.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! There is a lot of learning and fun in Naked Eggs. The pages are dense with text, so that might turn away some kids, but most will jump at the chance to do some of these experiments … especially the ones that create explosions and goo.
Educational Themes: Naked Eggs is one of those books you are meant to play with. It is also one of those books you want to peruse before you share with the kids because you will here “let’s do this one” with every flip of the page. The good news is that most of the ingredients — like eggs, potatoes , vinegar, and ziptop bags — you have around the house.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - science, interactive learning, picture book
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2011, December 2015
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.