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Explore Night Science!: With 25 Great Projects    by Cindy Blobaum & Bryan Stone order for
Explore Night Science!
by Cindy Blobaum
Order:  USA  Can
Nomad, 2012 (2012)
Softcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Designed for children six and older who wish to learn more about what happens outdoors when the sun goes down, this book encourages the safe exploration of the nighttime changes in the plant and animal kingdoms as well as in the sky above and the human body.

'What do you need to explore night science? Mostly, you need your senses. Your eyes, ears, nose, and skin are your most important tools,' explains the author. 'Night is your chance to explore a new world. You don't have to travel far. You don't need tools that cost a lot of money. And you might even discover a whole new world!'

A sampling of the activities you'll discover here include reproducing the sounds of creatures like owls, frogs and katydids; constructing a personal stardome using an umbrella; and creating a night garden with moonflowers, evening primroses and night phlox.

Sidebars sprinkled throughout the book highlight all sorts of interesting information. You'll discover that the ring around the moon is made from light bouncing through tiny ice crystals high in the atmosphere and that cupping a hand behind your ear will make you hear better.

Key vocabulary words are also set off in special boxes with their definitions, plus there are Try This suggestions for other simple experiments or activities.

Both teachers and parents will find this a valuable book for creating special projects for their students or children. Follow the step-by-step instructions and there shouldn't be any problems with these activities.

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