"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 solids and liquids 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. Glossary, 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
"This 24-page, primary science book introduces basic information about the characteristics of solids and liquids. In this book, children are presented with a problem: a bag of salt has been added to a sandbox by mistake. The problem is, how can you get the salt out of the sandbox?
Readers will learn about solids and liquids and then decide the best way to solve the problem. The authors use a problem-based learning scenario and questioning techniques that encourage science inquiry. Solids and Liquids: Who Messed Up My Sand? includes an iScience Puzzle with an explanation of how to solve the puzzle, a discovery activity, a "science at work" section, connections to history, a glossary, a further reading list, and additional notes. The illustrations are photographs.
This is a high-quality, durable book with a library binding; it's perfect for the classroom. I highly recommend this book to teachers of students in grades K to 3. Upper-grade teachers with special education students and teachers using differentiated instruction will also find this book to be very useful." -National Science Teachers Association
"Like many other books in this series, a question/puzzle is posed at the beginning, and a sequence of information and activites helps the student solve the problem or answer the question. This is an excellent book for young students who are studying matter (Science SOLs). It's part of the series Science Readers A. The concepts are basic, yet interesting, and the photographs complement the text. There is enough information to satisfy most young readers but gives a website for students who desire more info. This book could be read aloud to students, put in a center, or a school or classroom library. This book also includes an index, glossary, additional notes, and further reading." -Richmond Public Schools
"Great book to teach sorting - fits perfectly with NYS science test. Pictures are helpful in keeping readers' interests. Offers a scientific explanation for solids and liquids. Like the glossary and reference page too." -Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES
"This books is excellent for all those little scientists out there. At the beginning of the book a question is asked then more questions are asked throughout the book to aid readers in solving the problem. The focus of this book is for students to become familiar with the properties of solids and liquids; what happens and how to separate them when they've been mixed together. It is filled with higher order thinking skills. This book is part of the Science Readers Series. There are three levels included in this series which offers increasingly more challenging text and problem solving. Recommended." -Arlington Independent School District
"This is a great series for beginning science introduction and study. Books are easy to manage both in size and amount of pages. Each book has a colorful cover wtih a round colorful picture of the subject. Inside it is packed with information with great photographs. Text is 2-3 paragraphs per page. There are additional features highlighting the topic and sub-topic headings. I like the science puzzle at the beginning - almost an ice breaker into the topic. The discovery activity is a great hands on example of the topic. Very nice series for the younger elementary." -Garland Independent School District