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The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry - 24 Experiments for Young Scientist Review by Jacquelin Caffey

Sean Connolly
Workman Publishing
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014-4381

Teaching and studying chemistry can seem daunting, right? But it can also be fun and exciting! What elementaryaged kid would not want to grow spiky crystals with magnesium or try their hand at turning a living plant into an instant fossil with the help of a little silicon. Have I caught your attention yet? If so, get your hands on this fun book and dive deep into 24 eye-opening chemistry experiments with The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry- 24 Experiments for Young Scientist.

This hardcover book is your guidebook through the fascinating world of the periodic table of elements where you will learn everything from how a hydrogen atom is built to how to harness the power of zinc with a potato clock.This 241-page book guides young scientists through several popular elements including helium and fluorine while giving a detailed introduction of each element. Things such as the elements properties, everyday uses, how it was discovered, and the all-important potential danger level are presented for each of the elements in this book. Since we are on our chemistry rotation this year in our science studies, I really appreciate the simple yet informative experiments within the covers of this book. The detailed information presented on each element is helpful as well as the supply lists which include normal everyday items that you already have at home.

Curious kids get the best of both worlds blending science and fun in this hands-on and engaging STEM book. It has detailed experiments and includes hand drawn illustrations as well as directions in simple everyday language even the youngest scientist can understand.The font and text on the thick pages are pleasing to the eyes as well as the black and white print accented with turquoise for a pop of color.I love the hard covers but wish the book would lay flat for ease of use when completing the experiment. This is not a huge detractor for us though, because I would buy it if I saw it on the bookshelves of my local bookstore regardless.

My youngest two daughters, 12 and 9years old, have thoroughly enjoyed having this book at our disposal as we study chemistry this year. By far our two favorite experiments were number eight, Fluorine Tooth Test, and number twelve, Crackpot Crystals. Weare big science fans at our house with a strong focus on Chemistry and Physics and this book makes learning chemistry fun and exciting! Learning to follow directions in an experiment and being able to hypothesize results is a great skill to learn at an early age.

This book would make a great gift for any young scientist! I teach middle school chemistry at our co-op and I will gift my five students this book to explore over the summer break. Getting my children, especially my daughters, excited about science and STEM activities is important to me, because the future seems to be leaning heavily in that direction. This book gives them a leg up now by getting them excited about learning the cause and effects of simple chemical reactions.

-Product review by Jacquelin Caffey, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, January 2019