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Book review: 'Super Science: Matter Matters!'

“Super Science: Matter Matters!” is a colorfully

“Super Science: Matter Matters!” is a colorfully illustrated pop-up book aimed at children ages 7 to 11. It is well organize, easy to read and informative. Credit: Handout

Calcium is a metal.

“I didn’t know that!”

Cola can be used to remove rust.

“I didn’t know that!”

Scientist Marie Curie died of a radiation-induced illness, her belongings, even her cookbooks, so radioactive that they must be stored in lead-lined containers.

“I didn’t know that!”

And with his incredulous reading of the new book “Super Science: Matter Matters!” (Candlewick, $18.99), my 8-year-old son brushed up on chemistry just in time to start the fourth grade this fall.

The colorfully illustrated pop-up book is part of the new “Super Science” series aimed at children ages 7 to 11. Such novelty books can sometimes be overwhelming, packed with too much information and laid out haphazardly; this one is well organized and easy to read. TV producer Tom Adams and illustrator Thomas Flintham no doubt helped to make that happen.

Each section of the book contains an engaging experiment and interactive elements that kept Harrison picking up the book this summer over and over again.
 

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