HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Talk About Air
Author: Angela Webb
Illustrator: Chris Fairclough
Publisher: Franklin Watts Ltd., republished in 1997
ISBN-13: 978-0863134753 (hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0863134750 (hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0749627393 (paperback)
ISBN-10: 0749627395 (paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Grades 3-6
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Webb, Angela. Talk About Air (published in 1986 and republished in 1997 by Franklin Watts Ltd.). When our boys were doing elementary school work, we liked to supplement their science studies by having them read “living books” related to the topics about which they were learning. These “Talk About” books are attractive and inviting titles that take an interesting approach to science. Air looks at such principles as the weight and pressure of air, its movement, and wind measurement, and suggests activities that illustrate these concepts. Projects include bubble paints, paper spirals, wind socks, and weather vanes.
Other titles in the series by author Angela Webb and illustrator Chris Fairclough include Sand (1986), Soil (1986), Sound (1987), and Reflections (1987). These books explain the fundamental concepts of science through stimulating techniques. Every chapter begins with a statement of a basic scientific principle and then shows how experiment, discovery, and chance can lead to creativity. Each title includes a list of equipment and materials needed.