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Light and Sound: Discover Science    by Mike Goldsmith order for
Light and Sound
by Mike Goldsmith
Order:  USA  Can
Kingfisher, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This introduction to the world of light and sound will lay the groundwork for more detailed investigations of these two areas for young readers. Over fifteen short sections contain information on a range of subjects from shadows, bouncing light, color and electric light to how sound travels, electric sound and an explanation of how we hear.

There are also four projects that offer hands-on experiences such as making shadow puppets, constructing a plastic-cup telephone and creating a xylophone with glasses filled with various amounts of water.

You'll also discover a light and sound quiz to test how well the information presented here was retained by the reader, a glossary of key terms and parent/teacher notes that will come in handy if this book is to be used in the classroom or with a homeschooled child.

For those intrigued by useful trivia, the Did You Know? section contains some useful tidbits. You'll learn that sound travels around four times faster through water than it does through air and that one of the loudest sounds on record is a blue whale singing. And, if you don't know this already, you'll discover that the smallest bone in your body is the stapes (stirrup) in your ear. It is only 3.3 millimeters long.

This well illustrated book offers just enough information to pique a youngster's curiosity about light and sound. Use this book to get the child interested and then move on to something a little more detailed that can move him/her into the subject matter.

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