Animated Science: Periodic Table by Shiho Pate

 Animated Science: Periodic Table by Shiho Pate. Scholastic, 2021. 9781338753653

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Partial preview copy (10/21 pub date)

What did you like about the book? Dancing elements in bright colors bring the periodic table to life in this non fiction offering. Many short chapters cover the different groups of elements, their makeup of atoms, protons, electrons and neutrons, and their properties. Many graphs and small illustrations, including cartoons, make the study of chemistry seem like a gas! This book would work best in a classroom where the periodic chart is being taught, or as a gift for a chemistry obsessed young scholar. The publisher indicates that there will be 20 tear-out cards, like baseball cards, of different elements as well. There is a table of contents, but not enough information in the partial preview copy to indicate if there will be an index.

Anything you didn’t like about it? It is extremely busy, so it would work best for someone who is already sold on the joy of chemistry.

To whom would you recommend this book? For non fiction fans of the Basher series, ages 8-12.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle school classrooms. Maybe not public libraries because of the tear-out cards.

Where would you shelve it ? 546.8

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: September 10, 2021

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