Forces Make Things Move
Forces Make Things Move

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Annotation: Simple language and humorous illustrations show how forces make things move, prevent them from starting to move, and stop them from moving.
Genre: Physics
Catalog Number: #107056
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2005
Illustrator: Meisel, Paul,
Pages: 33 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-445214-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-00270-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-445214-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-00270-8
Dewey: 531
LCCN: 2002014763
Dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Short declarative sentences explain the basic principles of force: push-pull, friction, and gravity. To illustrate, cartoon-style children engage in lively activities demonstrating forces around them--from catching falling apples to pushing against an automobile--as the text delivers its instructive message. A simple experiment ends the book.
Kirkus Reviews
Simple language and appealing illustrations combine to elucidate the tricky concept of force in this solid Let's-Read-and-Find-Out offering. Bradley's narrative builds in complexity from the simple to the sophisticated to discuss reciprocal forces, friction and gravity—including a nicely comprehensible explanation of the gravitational force that exists between any two objects, not just the earth's. The reader takes the position of experimenter with a direct second-person address, using universally kid-friendly examples to illustrate Newtonian physics: "If you push a toy car, it pushes back against you with the exact same force. . . . If you push the toy car, your force makes the car start moving. So if the toy car is also pushing you, why don't you start moving? Because you are so much heavier than a toy car." Meisel's happily multicultural cartoon cast of kids puts toy cars, real cars and big brothers through a variety of scenarios, in a visually harmonious accompaniment to the text. A concluding spread introduces an activity that will allow kids to test differing amounts of friction—using toy cars, of course. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)
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Word Count: 1,427
Reading Level: 3.9
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 101628 / grade: Lower Grades

There are forces at work whenever you throw a ball, run up the stairs, or push your big brotheroff the couch. Want to learn more about the forces around you? Read and find out!

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