Reviewed by Deb McNabney
Science Educator - retired
Young children have a natural love affair with books, but it is difficult to find nonfiction, science–themed books that tap that strong interest. This series addresses that gap with five titles for the preschool and early elementary age group. The scientific process starts with questions and these books encourage children to observe, compare, and classify while learning about sound, animal, plant, and measurement concepts.
"What Makes Different Sounds?" follows twins Jane and Jim on their walk home from school. An unusual sound triggers the twins' interest in other sounds they experience along the way. Readers are introduced to the concepts of vibration, pitch, and volume through the children's observations.
The simple sentence structure and brightly colored illustrations will engage preschool children as a read–aloud and encourage science literacy for beginning readers. The suggested activities at the end of the book further reinforce concept understanding.
Review posted on 11/29/2012