Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Newton and Me by Lynne Mayer

A young boy learns about the laws of physics while playing with his dog, Newton. They spend the day playing, exploring, and helping Mom.
Illustrations in this book are captivating. My four year old was immediately drawn to the bright colors and the dog, Newton. Personally, I loved how you can easily see the reactions on each person’s face.

The story is well spaced for a young child. Each page has a few sentences so that a younger child can puzzle them out slowly or an older child can read it, still having enough to keep him interested. Rhyming sentences makes it enjoyable to read out loud.

My favorite part of this book is the educational section at the back. As your child reads through, they see the laws of physics in motion, but there isn’t any detail explaining how and why things work. We see that a toy car is easy to push while a full size automotive isn’t. In the educational section, it goes through each science law and gives questions that coincide with it. It’s a wonderful tool for parents to explain gravity, weight, friction and other similar ideas to younger children.

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