Protons and Neutrons (My First Science Textbook, 2)
This is the second in a series of three children’s books about the atom. Written for kindergarten-aged children, the lessons here aim to familiarize kids with the exotic terms so basic to science such as proton, neutron, atom, charge, isotope, and the names and symbols of some of the elements. Pete the Proton is positively flashing red, while Ned the Neutron quietly is a more benign blue in these wonderfully abstract character renderings. A strong force cements these colorful guys together in the nucleus which is surrounded by swirling electrons. The pages carry the chemical symbols of the elements, and the story goes on to talk about isotopes, nuclear fission, states of matter, and more. While the objective of promoting science literacy is laudatory, it seems that this version of the atomic particles may go beyond the imaginative capacity of the intended audience and more cementing rhythmic explanations would help. Children of this age would require more tactile designs to follow the terminology. A clear glossary and a teacher’s guide are available to assist the adult.
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