Science Encyclopedia: Atom Smashing, Food Chemistry, Animals, Space, and More!

Science Encyclopedia: Atom Smashing, Food Chemistry, Animals, Space, and More!

by National Geographic Kids
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Food chemistry, atom crashing, wave power, food chemistry, and robots! These are just a few of the topics covered in this fantastic new science encyclopedia, which presents a comprehensive overview of physical and life sciences from A to Z. Super smart and kid-friendly, it’s packed with full-color photographs, weird but true facts, amazing statistics, do-it-yourself experiments, plus profiles of scientists and National Geographic's explorers who rock the world of science. Keep up with the changes happening all around us with this stellar science reference book.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5–8—Large trim size and solid heft notwithstanding, this single-volume science encyclopedia is less an authoritative survey than a quick and indifferently organized scan of its topic. The plethora of single-topic spreads are summarily slotted into either "Physical Science" (with the overambitious boast that here "you will discover everything you need to know about the physical sciences") or "Life Science." Introductions to organic chemistry, bioelectricity ("Frankenstein Science"), and vision are arbitrarily placed in the former section; chapters on "The Universe" and "Planet Earth" are shoehorned into the latter. As in most National Geographic productions, the photography and digital art are sharp and lavish in quantity, and images are chosen as much for their drama or visual impact as for their informational content. But as for the content, many sentences (for instance, "The Italian cathedral still has that lamp inside, and today it is named for Galileo") show a need for more careful copyediting. Broken up into short blocks, the text also contains occasional cheesy jokes and simple science experiments of dubious value, which come off as labored and an unnecessary changes of pace. VERDICT There is not much to distinguish this offering from similar flashy compendia of science facts like National Geographic Science of Everything or The Science Book: Everything You Need To Know About the World and How It Works. But its minor updates make it worth considering as an additional purchase for middle school browsers.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York

From the Publisher

"Children ages 8 to 12 can keep up with the changes happening all around us with this stellar science reference book. Profusely illustrated and thoroughly 'kid friendly' in organization and presentation, 'Science Encyclopedia' is very highly recommended for family, school and community library collections for young readers. Also very highly recommended is a newly published companion volume by National Geographic Kids, 'How Things Work'" — Midwest Book Review


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426325427
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 99,533
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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