A Chilling Story: How Things Cool Down
by Eve and Albert Stwertka; illustrated by Mena Dolobowsky
Julian Messner/Simon and Schuster, New York. 1991
How refrigeration and air conditioning work are simply explained,
with sections on heat transfer, evaporation, and expansion. Humorous
black and white drawings show a family and its cat testing out
the principles in their home. The book provides nice examples
of the practical applications of changing matter.
Everything Happens to Stuey
by Lilian Moore; illustrated by Mary Stevens
Random House, New York. 1960
After smelling up the refrigerator with his secret formula,
turning his sisters doll green with a magic cleaner, and
having his invisible ink homework go awry, budding chemist Stuey
is in trouble. In the end, he uses his knowledge to rescue his
sister by fabricating a homemade flashlight. The illustrations,
depiction of family life, and sex roles are dated, but the spirit
of adventure is timeless.
June 29, 1999
by David Wiesner
Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin, New York. 1992
The science project of Holly Evans takes an extraordinary
turnor does it? This highly imaginative and humorous book
has a central experimental component, and conveys the sense of
unexpected results. Hollys planning, preparation, and analysis
of her experiment provide a useful lesson.
The Lady Who Put Salt in Her Coffee
by Lucretia Hale
Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, San Diego. 1989
When Mrs. Peterkin accidentally puts salt in her coffee, the
entire family embarks on an elaborate quest to find someone to
make it drinkable again. Visits to a chemist, an herbalist, and
a wise woman result in a solution, but not without having tried
some wild experiments first.
The Monster Garden
by Vivien Alcock
Delacorte Press, New York. 1988
Frankie Stein, whose father is a genetic engineer, creates
her own special monster, Monnie, from a "bit of goo"
her brother steals from the lab. Scientific information is sprinkled
throughout the book and Chapter 11 includes Frankies experiment
log. The book is a combination of fantasy, science fiction, and
young adult novel with a strong female main character, an arrogant
older brother, and a "friend" who spills the secret.
Susannah and the Poison Green Halloween
by Patricia Elmore; illustrated by Joel Schick
E.P. Dutton, New York. 1982
Susannah and her friends try to figure out who put the poison
in their Halloween candy when they trick-or-treated at the Eucalyptus
Arms apartments. Tricky clues, changing main suspects, and some
medical chemistry make this an exciting book, with lots of inference
and mystery. The process Susannah and her friends go through to
solve the mystery is very much like the scientific process.
by Lisa W. Peters; illustrated by Ted Rand
Arcade Publishing/Little Brown and Co., New York. 1991
"Water has a way of changing" inside and outside
Tonys house, from clouds to steam to fog and other forms.
Innovative illustrations show the changes in the weather outside
while highlighting water changes inside the house. Although written
for a younger audience, this book is useful for its clear description
of the phase changes of water.
The Wise Woman and Her Secret
by Eve Merriam; illustrated by Linda Graves
Simon & Schuster, New York. 1991
A wise woman is sought out by many people for her wisdom.
They look for the secret of her wisdom in the barn and in her
house, but only little Jenny who lags and lingers and loiters
and wanders finds it. The wise woman tells her, "
secret of wisdom is to be curiousto take the time to look
closely, to use all your senses to see and touch and taste and
smell and hear. To keep on wandering and wondering." Though
this book is intended for a younger reader, it is listed here
because it emphasizes and values the role of curiosity, asking
questions, and using all the senses when gathering data, and,
as such, serves as a fine accompaniment to Dry Ice Investigations.