Now You Know How It Works

By: Valorie Fisher

Illustrator: Valorie Fisher

Valorie Fisher takes infographics to a new level with bright, colorful visuals that are perfect for young, inquisitive minds. Her eye-catching mix of photographs and illustrations compels readers to dive in and explore how things work -- from paper airplanes to straws, crayons to kites, pencils to boats.
This book will answer questions kids have long wanted answers to, and go on to answer questions they didn't even know they had! Do you know why your shadow changes shape throughout the day? Do you know how a whistle makes that trilling sound? How about why a rubber ball bounces? All of these questions and more are explained in this exciting book, the first of two in the Now You Know series. With the growing focus on STEM for this early age group, Now You Know How It Works is perfectly timed to reach that early reader and instill a love of STEM from day one.
Author’s note. Guide to symbols used in the book. Glossary. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

ISBN: 9781338215458

JLG Release: Nov 2018


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Technology , Inventions , Engineering , Physics , Everyday objects , Science

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

A bright and stimulating introduction to the mechanics and makeup of everyday objects and phenomena. The most successful spreads describe objects or processes that are very basic or commonly encountered, such as how shadows work. Without needing a lot of text about the rotation of the earth and the angle of insolation, Fisher’s diagrams allow ver A bright and stimulating introduction to the mechanics and makeup of everyday objects and phenomena. The most successful spreads describe objects or processes that are very basic or commonly encountered, such as how shadows work. Without needing a lot of text about the rotation of the earth and the angle of insolation, Fisher’s diagrams allow very young readers to clearly see the way the rays of the sun go over the tops of their heads to impact where their shadows are visible on the ground. Shown from multiple angles, cause and effect relationships are very well defined. More complex objects or processes that may be difficult for early elementary children are described with mixed results. For example, a labeled diagram of a flashlight includes batteries (including the negative and positive ends) and mentions electricity flowing through a metal strip. While kindergartners can grasp that hitting a button makes the flashlight come on and off, understanding even the basics of battery polarity or electromagnetism may be a lot to ask. That said, older elementary and middle school visual learners can benefit from the well-executed diagrams of these processes. Fans of Fisher’s previous books will be thrilled to see that, in addition to the diagrams and labeled photographs, she again uses her signature retro toy–and-paper dioramas to great effect. VERDICT An engaging and visually tempting starting point to prepare kids for more in-depth titles like David Macaulay’s The Way Things Work Now.–Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State University, OH, School Library Journal

Book Details

ISBN

9781338215458

First Release

November 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

600

Trim Size

11 1/2" x 9"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD870L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Orchard Books

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Technology, Inventions, Engineering, Physics, Everyday objects, Science,

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