What a better way to get children excited about STEM than having pirates explain scientific concepts? Captain Kidd’s Crew Experiments with Sinking and Floating by Mark Weakland and illustrated by Troy Cummings is an enticing mix of science and pirate high jinx that will capture the most jaded reader (but hopefully not make them walk the plank).
Mark Weakland knows his stuff when it comes to sinking and floating. He deftly explains concepts like buoyancy and displacement in remarkably few words, but also making them both concrete and clear.
Illustrator Troy Cummings knows what sort of artwork appeals to children. His pirates are wacky enough to be appealing to the modern sophisticated child, adding to the fun while clarifying the concepts presented in the text.
Captain Kidd’s Crew Experiments with Sinking and Floating is perfect for reluctant readers and those who prefer fiction, but is also treats the topic in a fully scientific way that will please budding physicists as well. This book definitely floats to the top of the pile.
Reading level: 2-3, ages 5-8
Publisher: Picture Window Books -an imprint of Capstone(January 1, 2012)
The book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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