Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Science Verse

Science verse by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith, 2004.

This book is laugh-out-loud funny! The verses brilliantly cover many science concepts. Written in the style of Edgar Allen Poe ("Once in first grade I was napping/When I heard a scary yapping"), Lewis Carroll (Jabberwocky becomes "Gobblegooky"), Robert Frost ("Astronaut Stopping by a Planet on a Snowy Evening") and others, Scieszka's clever rhymes and rhythm offer a unique take on science AND science teachers.

Lane Smith's zany illustrations of the subject matter (including the food chain, black holes or "twinkle-less stars", combustion, viruses, the Big Bang) are wonderful. This is a must purchase for every library!

Science teachers in all grades will be rejoicing. A CD with the book read by Scieszka and Smith is included.

Scieszka and Smith are the creators of Math Curse which has been a must read for students in elementary to high school. Jon Scieszka is also the energy behind Guys Read, a website that focuses on boys' reading habits or lack of them...
From his site:
A lot of boys aren’t too crazy about reading

I grew up with five brothers. I taught elementary school for ten years. I’ve been writing books for kids for fifteen years. And I think I have an idea why boys might not like reading.

Boys often have to read books they don’t really like. They don’t get to choose what they want to read. And what they do like to read, people sometimes tell them is not really reading.

I think boys need to:

Choose what they read.

Pick from all different kinds of reading – not just school novels.

Find out what other guys like to read.

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