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Newton and Me    by Lynne Mayer & Sherry Rogers order for
Newton and Me
by Lynne Mayer
Order:  USA  Can
Arbordale, 2010 (2010)

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* * *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

Lynne Mayer introduces Sir Isaac Newton's Law of Motion to youngsters with a delightful story of a boy and his dog - 'Saturday morning I was asleep in my bed, / when Newton, my dog, dropped his ball on my head.'

A quick breakfast and out the door the two mates run. They play with the ball but find out that it doesn't roll as easily on grass as it does on the smooth-surfaced sidewalk. The boy realizes that it won't roll along without help, and too forceful a push lands the ball in the bush.

When the ball is thrown toward the sky, with a forceful throw or slow throw, it always comes back down. Other activities include running a test with a red toy truck, and the realization that it, too, stays motionless on a flat surface unless the boy gives it a push. But, oh boy, it really takes off when it goes down a hill!

The boy and dog attempt to help mom with her garden. When the wagon is pulled with stones in it, it is a mighty effort 'When it was empty, it was easy to pull. / I just couldn't move it when it was full.' Dad helps by pushing the wagon while the boy pulls, and that makes a big difference. When it comes to riding his bike against the wind, it requires a lot more effort.

At the back of the book ,there are pages For Creative Minds, including Force and Motion questions, Matching Forces showing pushes and pulls, and information on Who was Newton? Lynne Mayer is an adjunct instructor at Elgin (Illinois) Community College. Illustrations by Sherry Rogers provide eye-catching happy scenes through the use of shading colors on the lively life-size subjects and surroundings.

Newton and Me is a fun story teaching Earth and Physical Science. Sylvan Dell publishes educational stories in varied categories of learning and reading levels. From their website, you can connect to related websites to study a subject further. Happy reading, while having fun learning!

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