This is a solid resource that enables children to produce items that are appealing to most youngsters. However, children may not immediately choose these books themselves. The illustrations do not jump off the page and appear to be a bit outdated. Each book contains a chapter on the history or background, inner workings, and production of an item. This series would probably be used more often if purchased as a teacher reference.
Library Media Connection 2011
Orienteering is a growing sport, and many scouts learn and practice this skill. Not only does Make and Use a Compass teach students how to create their own compass, it teaches students how to use it properly, taking the magnetic north vs. polar north into account. Geocaching is also introduced, along with an activity that students may wish to try. Step-by-step directions, glossary terms, other books and websites for further information are also included. This is a good purchase for fourth grade through middle schoolers who love exploring the wilderness. Also reviewed: Starting a Business; Get Tied Up; Light Your Way; and Get Connected
Garland Independent School District, June 2011
The reader will learn the history of the compass, how they work, and what they are used for. By following the directions clearly explained in the book, the student can also make his/her own compass and activities using the compass. A glossary, index and list of other sources are included. This activity could not only have appeal to individual readers, but also could be an interesting class activity. Sandra Carlson, Teacher Assistant, University Meadows Elementary School.
Book Buzz, December 2010