This book begins with an introduction to the elements and an explanation of the periodic table. The following chapters describe the different columns, or families, of the periodic table from the alkali metals to the actinides, presenting information about certain elements. Boxed areas provide each element's symbol, number, mass, and brief details about its discovery.
Related experiments appear throughout. While they are illustrative and simple, many of the projects, such as making slime and using iodine to identify starchy foods, will be familiar to students and educators. Ideas for making the activities appropriate for science fairs are also included. Sidebars highlight interesting facts, and useful pronunciation guides help with difficult words. Humorous black-and-white cartoons and photographs add to the busy layout.
While the visual presentation will appeal to primary graders, the reading level and content is more suited to middle school students. Still, this would be a solid addition for teachers with a chemistry curriculum, as well as for youngsters seeking information on the subject.
—Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA
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