4 out of 4 stars
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What is global warming? Why do things float or sink? What makes a sled travel farther? These are some of the many questions inquisitive young minds might be compelled to ask. Luckily for them, Katie Coppens’ The Acadia Files: Book Three, Winter Science provides the answers in a simple and fun way. The title is the third one in The Acadia Files series of popular science books for children.
The story follows Acadia, her family, and her friends as they explore how the world works through everyday situations they come across during winter. There are five chapters in total, each covering a different theme: global warming and carbon footprint, buoyancy and atoms, aerodynamics, animals’ survival strategies for winter, and friction.
Every topic is well-researched and presented in an engaging way that instantly hooks the reader. As a science and English teacher herself, the author lists resources for further learning at the end of the book that can help teachers and students alike. I was particularly impressed by how detailed Acadia’s breakdown of her carbon footprint was.
At the end of each chapter, there are sections that provide even more information to the reader. Two recurring sections are “New Science Words,” which introduces scientific terminology in simple terms, and “Things I Still Wonder,” which features questions from Acadia that stimulate the reader’s mind and promote further investigations.
Keeping children’s attention while teaching them new things can be a challenging task, but The Acadia Files magnificently combines fun characters, analogies, and humor to pull the reader into the world of science. Illustrator Holly Hatam also did a phenomenal job with her lovely drawings, diagrams, and graphs.
The only minor problem I saw was that Acadia asks how the periodic table works in one of the “Things I Still Wonder” sections, but the reader hasn’t been introduced to the periodic table in the first place. It makes more sense to talk about what the periodic table is before asking how it works.
The Acadia Files is an excellent tool for getting children invested in science. The book is also exceptionally edited, as I’ve found no errors whatsoever, so I confidently rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend the book for children aged ten and above, especially if they have some interest in science. I wouldn’t recommend it for smaller children since they might have a harder time with the concepts and terms. There are no profanities or inappropriate content.
The Acadia Files
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