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What Happens When...? (What's Inside?)

by John Farndon

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I liked this book, but I wasn't WOWED by it. I think that children will enjoy it, It gives a step by step process for how information, electricity, signals, etc. goes from the plants to homes. I found it confusing to follow at times. Initially, I thought some of the pipes or beams were to be used as an arrow. I thought I would follow the "arrows" along the path until I reached the final destination, but I was wrong. The reader must follow the numbers, not hard. The visual was simply confusing initially. Kids will enjoy learning how satallites get information to their homes, etc. I would use this in a science or a social studies lesson (conservation lesson). As with any non-fiction book, would use it in and Informational Resource lesson to teach the parts of the book. It could be used by grades 4 and 5. ( )
  lalfonso | Mar 26, 2013 |
I was actually pretty disappointed with this book. I guess I shouldn't have set my expectations so high, though, because I knew it was a children's book. It's just that there is very little actual *information* and *learning* in this book, it's much more about cute big illustrations and stupid metaphors that don't really teach anything. ( )
  Heather19 | Aug 17, 2008 |
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A group of miniature people takes young readers on a fact-filled journey through the way things work, explaining what is really occurring when people perform such everyday tasks as turning on a faucet.

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Illustrations with explanatory text describe such familiar everyday process as generating electricity, producing a newspaper, handling sewage, and delivering flowers.

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