Move It! Motion, Forces, and You
Author: Adrienne Mason; Illustrator: Claudia Dávila
Pages: 32
Publisher/Date: Kids Can Press/2005
ISBN: 1553377583
Age Levels: 4-7

Book Review

Note: Primary Physical Science is a series from Kids Can Press which explore physics and include hands-on activities for primary-age students.

Move It! is a science book written for the youngest of students. It explores two forces of motion: push and pull. Readers learn that objects are moved by pushing or pulling. This could include lifting, jumping, blowing, throwing, and kicking. Too, readers learn that objects will move in a straight line unless acted upon by another force. Gravity and friction are also discussed.

Included are five well-designed activities that allow readers to explore the concepts discussed. In the activity titled "Puffing Power," the guiding question is: Does a big force make things move faster? Using a Ping-Pong ball and a drinking straw, students experiment to see what happens when they blow softly and then blow harder.

Each double-page spread is awash with eye-catching, colorful illustrations done on computer. The print is large and easy to read. An index is appended.

Classroom Experience: We took the book into a kindergarten classroom. We read portions of the text to the students and then tried the activities. The students enjoyed both the experiments and the book.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
©2005 Education Oasis

About the Author

Adrienne Mason is an educator and author whose books include Lu & Clancy Sound Off, Owls, and Snakes. She lives in Tofino, British Columbia.

About the Illustrator

Graphic designer and children's illustrator Claudia Dávila was born in Chile and now makes her home in Toronto. She was formerly art director of Chirp and Chickadee magazines.