"This series has books for a variety of grade levels. Some suit the K–2 crowd, while others are better for grades 3–4 or 5–6. The strength of the series is that the format is the same in every book. Each begins with a science puzzle related to the topic. The next section introduces real-world applications of the principles or forces at work, such as magnets, weather, or human body systems. A discovery activity encourages further investigation, while another section traces the topic back in history. As the book is read, details are revealed that help the reader choose the correct solution to the puzzle. A final section discusses more real-life uses or examples. Notes in the back of the books answer questions posed throughout the text (with page references). Photos and diagrams support the text well.
VERDICT The format makes this series handy for planning class investigations." -School Library Journal
"The book starts with a puzzle involving insects and ends with its solution. The book is clearly written and illustrated to explain the topic and grabs the interest of the reader. Experiments are included with step-by-step instructions and an explanation of what is shown by the experiment. Glossay, index, and list of other sources are included. This could be used by a teacher to enhance curriculum or as a good resource for students preparing reports." -Book Buzz
"Children are born curious, and figuring out the world around them is important for their growth. Few things escape their attention. They love puzzles and hands-on activities. Parents and teachers can build on these natural characteristics to help children develop a fundamental understanding of science.
This book is part of a series of science readers. The authors present important science concepts in a fun and interesting format. They make an important point in their advice to parents and teachers: “Most importantly, encourage answers grounded in reality while also allowing imagination to soar.”
The book is filled with color photographs, including those of young children enjoying learning and helpful diagrams. It includes a science puzzle and discovery activity, sources for additional information, and a brief index. The text asks many questions that the reader is encouraged to answer. Examples include: "Do you change like a grasshopper as you age?" and "When you grow, will you look the same, only bigger?"
This book presents useful science concepts and is interesting for young readers, with clear, informative text. Any difficult words are defined in a useful glossary. The book is the right size for young hands and appears to be very durable." -National Science Teachers Association
"This series of iScience readers for the elementary grades offers clear descriptions of key scientific concepts and also discusses the usefulness of the scientific method in finding answers to questions. Each title gives readers activities to follow, puzzles to solve, and questions to answer using the information found in texts." -PSLA's Top Ten or so Nonfiction Titles 2011