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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Science Mom's Guide to Water, Part 1 is an educational activity book for children written and illustrated by Jenny Ballif. Water is a pretty ordinary, everyday part of life, right? But what if you could conduct all manner of fun scientific experiments using water and other everyday items like cups, paper and string? The skeptics out there are probably shaking their heads and thinking that they already know all there is to know about water and its properties. But even the most hardened cynic will find plenty to astound, amaze and inspire in this interactive puzzle book which makes the willing reader into a scientific researcher. Ballif’s illustrations are designed to be colored in with crayons and colored pencils, and each section of the book has study guide questions with plenty of space for answers. At the end of the book, there’s a Hidden Picture Puzzle and a Color By Numbers Drawing. There’s also a Certificate of Completion, Notes to Teachers and Parents, and a list of recommended supplies.
I love science fair experiments! So my eyes literally lit up when I found Jenny Ballif’s educational activity book for children, Science Mom's Guide to Water, Part 1. This book is brimming with fun science experiments and, best of all, Ballif makes learning why those experiments work just as much fun as conducting them. Her approach to teaching is marvelous, and every page in this book is filled with fun things to do that build from the preceding sections of the text. What I especially liked about this book is the commonsense approach to subjects that kids are apt to consider too difficult or complicated to learn. She makes learning science fun -- and that’s pretty cool. This is one of those books that I wish had been around when I was a kid. Science Mom's Guide to Water, Part 1 rocks -- really, it does. It’s most highly recommended.