This is a cute craft book with ideas of art you can leave in different places to make life a little more interesting. For instance, you can make a little cork sail boat to leave in a public fountain or sink. Spruce up a chair by putting baby socks on the feet of the chair or a winter glove on a doorknob.
This book is like a travel guide for visiting space and has all kinds of fun facts about what you need to know to have a good visit. It was fun to think about what I would take to space with me. Some things I think of taking don’t make sense because of the lack of gravity. Astronauts can only take 2 lbs. of personal items. Luckily they provide the toothpaste!
Do you know how to get water to the top of a building? Or why potholes occur? If you’ve ever wondered how cities work, or enjoy real life applications of science, technology, engineering, and math, you’ll probably like this book. It explains why cities came about and how and why they work the way they do. Along the way, there are fun activities and experiments so you can get hands-on experience with things like building a skyscraper, making a battery, or simulating an earthquake to see what causes buildings to fall or stay standing.
I also liked learning about the history of cities, and seeing how we’ve made things better. For example, before flush toilets, you used to have to use a pot, which got dumped into the street and caused a lot of diseases; or how city planners work to help blind people know when to cross the street. Some signs make a loud beeping noise, like a chirping bird, when it’s time to cross. Others have a raised arrow you can feel with your fingers that vibrates and tells people when to cross and how much time they have. Pick up this book to learn even more interesting facts about cities, and try your hand at planning and building your own city!
Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian
This book is beautifully done and so interesting. Each double page spread has a poem and illustration of a child playing a Chinese instrument. I had no idea there were so many different kinds. The poems are very short and information about each instrument is given.
Thrills! As the USA and Soviet Union race to see who can build an atomic bomb first!
Chills! As double agent scientists work for the USA, and give away secrets as spies to the Soviet Union!
Surprises! As you learn of the many, many mistakes and accidents that occurred, costing many military men their lives – and almost costing our lives as well!
Sound good? It is! Give Bomb a try!
Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Assistant