This morning, rushing to get out of the door as usual, I turn around and realise that Daughter is still in her nightclothes – stood with bags and coat in hand and utterly absorbed by the Usbourne Lift-the-flap Periodic Table book. Though she had completely forgotten to get dressed, she could now tell me – with no prior chemistry knowledge – that water was a compound of two elements.
All things considered, I’m going to call that a win.
It’s easy to see why Daughter was so focused on the book – it’s brightly coloured, easy to understand and who doesn’t love an informative flap?
Information is broken down into small, manageable chunks and is presented in such a way that chemistry – a subject that even my nerdy teenage self couldn’t stomach for its dryness – is not only interesting, but compelling.
This book strikes the ideal balance between fun and fact – it’s interesting without being heavy and fun without being patronising. For any child with even a passing interest in science, it’s a very worthwhile investment.
Which are your favourite science books for children?