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Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice?: Real Science Questions from Real Kids

Annick Pr. Sept. 2019. 88p. further reading. index. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781773213026.
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Gr 2-4–Children can ask hundreds of questions, some more answerable than others. But Vermond sets out to answer science-related questions frequently asked by real kids. Each question, from “Why do teeth fall out?” to “What happens inside a black hole?” was asked by a child at the Ontario Science Centre and answered by the Centre’s teachers and researchers. The 50 questions are answered in plain, easy-to-understand language and in just a few paragraphs, making this title appropriate for all ages preschool and up. Covering topics from the human body, plants and animals, to bigger ideas of time and space, the book has a good mix of questions that have likely been asked at the dinner table and in class. An appendix of further reading on science topics and delightful illustrations make this a classroom winner.
VERDICT Great for parents answering questions at home and for elementary science classroom libraries.

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