The Book of Ingeniously Daring Chemistry: 24 Experiments for Young Scientists

Ages: 9 - 14Publisher: Workman Publishing Author: Sean Connolly


Most of us think of the periodic table of elements and say “ugh” (which is not one). But this graphically enhanced compendium of 24 experiments for young scientists, from ages 8-14, makes chemistry captivatingly cool, even dangerously daring.

Each chapter tackles a single element, everything from its properties and attributes to its discovery, to how it is used and its potential danger level — always concluding with an age-appropriate, step-by-step experiment (all marked by danger level) mostly using household items and a sense of curiosity.

From forming crystals from boron to trying the fluorine tooth test, the experiments are fascinating if not always easy. Later in the book, author Sean Connolly explains his “Dirty Dozen,” elements that are too dangerous for kids to experiment with — from arsenic and mercury to radium and uranium — which make it all the more inviting for kids with a scientific bent. Don’t let the comic-bookish cover fool you. This is a compelling and substantive lesson in chemistry for young students.

Don Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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