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What Makes a Magnet?…

What Makes a Magnet? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science)

by Franklyn M. Branley

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With this book, children can learn everything about magnets and even make some experiments with magnets! It's a very informative book and it's good for reading at home and can also be used in school! ( )
  rgraf1 | Apr 26, 2013 |
There are not many high quality books about magnets geared towards lower elementary age children. Of what is available, this book is one of the best. It introduces the idea of fishing with magnets, what types of things magnets attract, what poles are and how they work, and also mentions the history of magnetism. This book is a little awkward to read, though, as it engages the PK-K audience with the first few pages, and then appeals more to the 1-3 audience with that last pages. I jump around a lot when I read this aloud to PK and 1st graders. I also need to supplement information. This book would be stronger if it contained real photographs of magnets, introduced some additional magnet experiments, or talked more about what they are and how they work in the intial pages and not towards the end. Still, I would recommend it to elementary science teachers. ( )
  DayehSensei | Apr 29, 2012 |
What Makes a Magnet? is a good introduction for young readers to get an understanding of what magnetism is. The book cleverly begins by having the reader "go fishing" in a box by placing various things into the box (things made with and without iron) and making a fishing pole with string, a magnet, and a pencil. It explains that magnets can only pick up things made with iron. Additionally, it briefly explains to the reader that the earth is a magnet because it contains a lot of iron. There is also an experiment presented in storybook fashion where the reader can make their own compass. I really liked this book and can see myself using the ideas in a middle school science class. It is illustrated with colored drawings of a little girl discovering magnets and has a cute little mouse helping her. ( )
  smoore75 | Apr 5, 2012 |
Not so much a storybook as a collection of suggested activities you can do with magnets, plus some historical background. Luisa's current favourite book, and the suggested activities really ... align my north and south poles. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Mar 22, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064451488, Paperback)

Will a magnet pick up a paper clip or a feather? The answer is, just the paper clip. Magnets only pick up things that contain bits of iron. In this new addition to the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, veteran author Franklyn Branley explains the properties and behavior of magnets. True Kelley's charming illustrations will entertain readers as they discover for themselves what makes a magnet. Hands-on activities include making a magnet and compass.

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Describes how magnets work and includes instructions for making a magnet and a compass.

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