HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Gravity Is a Mystery
Author: Franklyn M. Branley
Illustrator: Edward Miller
Publisher: HarperCollins, reprint edition published in 2007
ISBN-13: 978-0756981037 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0756981034 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0064452014 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0064452018 (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: Ages 5 and up
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Branley, Franklyn M. Gravity Is a Mystery (originally published in 1970; republished in 2007 by HarperCollins). Why do we say, “What goes up must come down”? Everybody knows that it’s true, but what is it that pulls everything from rocks to rockets back toward the center of the earth? It’s gravity. Nobody can say exactly what it is, but gravity is there, pulling on everything, all the time. With the help of an adventurous scientist and his fun-loving dog, youngsters can read and find out about this mysterious force. Although author Franklyn M. Branley never defines gravity, he clearly shows its effect on life in terms easily understood by early readers.
When our older son Mark was studying second-grade science about the earth, we checked this book out of the library to give him some extra reading. The book we used was the original 1970 edition with illustrations by Don Madden. Since then, an updated edition with new illustrations by Edward Miller has been published as part of the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science Level 2 series. The one complaint about this book which I have seen is that it does present some conjecture as fact. Branley was astronomer who originated the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. Two of his other books that I have reviewed are Sunshine Makes the Seasons and Snow Is Falling.