The Science of Light: Things that Shine, Flash, and Glow

Holiday House. Dec. 2022. 40p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780823448722.
PreS-Gr 1–A glow-in the-dark jellyfish darts across the cover of this eye-catching introduction to sources of light. Inside, 14 illustrations pulse with life and concise descriptions such as “Fire warms. Fireflies flicker,” making this an enjoyable introduction to types of light for toddlers, preschoolers, and younger elementary children. Colorful light sources shine against black backgrounds; paired with the spare text, this is an engaging story time choice. Phonetic pronunciations for new vocabulary, a bibliography, and additional websites add detail.
VERDICT A breathtaking book that introduces STEM concepts to young learners and provides a good jumping-off point for myriad scientific topics or even casual conversations.

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