What is Science?
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With its large illustrations, simple text, and important concepts, this title will be enjoyed by newly independent readers, or will ignite excitement in a group.

This vividly illustrated picture book points out the breadth and variety of subjects that science encompasses as well as some of the questions it addresses: "So into the earth, / and into the sky, / we question the how, / the where, when, / and why." First published in Lee Bennett Hopkin's anthology Spectacular Science: A Book of Poems (1999), Dotlich's poem "What Is Science?" works well here as picture-book text with minor changes and a few added lines. In a series of double-page spreads, Yoshikawa depicts an inquisitive trio of children and their helpful dog engaged in a variety of activities: visiting an oilfield, twirling in a hurricane, flying a spaceship to Saturn, and camping out in the country, to name just a few. The well-composed illustrations, made of acrylics, pastels, and paper collage in glowing colors, use repeated forms to create a sense of visual rhythm that suits the rhyming text well. A nice discussion starter for classrooms beginning science units.

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