Discovering Energy

Button Bks. (Discovering Big Ideas). May 2020. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781787080492.
Gr 3-5–Two physicists introduce all sorts of energy in this fine-tuned, colorfully illustrated title. Twenty-seven spreads provide information on everything from the sun’s energy, thermal energy, steam, batteries, electromagnetism, fossil fuel, jet engines, nuclear fission, and fusion. There is no white space; the font sizes are set around well-executed cartoon illustrations. The writing is clear and inviting. The pictures help move the text along, adding interest and, occasionally, humor. The people shown come from all walks of life. It would have been helpful to have an index.
VERDICT Despite the absence of an index, this powerful introduction contains accessible text and engaging illustrations. Perfect for primary grades studying energy.

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