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Magnets push, magnets pull / by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Anna Raff.
First edition
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Holiday House, [2017]

Physical Description:
32 pages : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Terms such as attraction, pole, electromagnetism, and force are plainly explained, while lively art clearly illustrates these concepts. Suggested activities include instructions on how to make a magnet.
Audience/Reading Level:
Ages 5-8.

Grades K-3.
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538 ADL Book Easy Collection

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We can't see magnetism, but it's everywhere around us--even the Earth is a giant magnet! In this fun and accessible book, David A. Adler covers the basics of magnetism. Terms such as attraction, pole, electromagnetism and force are plainly explained, while Anna A. Raff's lively art illustrates these concepts clearly. Suggested activities include instructions to make your own magnet! Kids who read this direct and uncomplicated introduction will learn to appreciate how magnetism powers our world.

Author Notes

David A. Adler was born in New York City. He attended Queen's College in New York City and later, earned an MBA in Marketing from New York University.

He writes both fiction and non-fiction. He is the author of Cam Jansen mysteries and the Andy Russell titles. His titles has earned him numerous awards including a Sydney Taylor Book Award for his title "The Number on My Grandfather's Arm," "A Picture Book of Jewish Holidays" was named a Notable Book of 1981 by the American Library Association and "Our Golda" was named a Carter G. Woodson Award Honor Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

Adlers excellent explanations of physical science for young children (Things That Float and Things That Dont, rev. 11/13; Simple Machines) continue with this exploration of magnets and magnetism. The informative, interactive text encourages readers to track down materials and investigate on their own as they read about topics such as the metals that magnets attract, the properties of bar magnets, magnetic fields, and electromagnetism. Each physics concept is carefully explained at just the right level for the target audience, and anchored in visible phenomena such as the classic experiment with a bar magnet and metal filings that helps explain the concept of magnetic field. Adler clearly knows the common misconceptions in this area of science, and either addresses them directly or skillfully constructs lines of reasoning that prevent them from developing in the first place. Raffs illustrations of children and their mischievous dog assistant provide a friendly and helpful orientation to the activities described in the text. A brief glossary and index are appended. danielle j. ford (c) Copyright 2017. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.