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The Elements Book
A Visual Encyclopedia of the Periodic Table
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Richly illustrated with over a thousand photos and dazzling details of the elements that make up the physical world. Written in association with the renowned Smithsonian Institution.Does your little...
Richly illustrated with over a thousand photos and dazzling details of the elements that make up the physical world. Written in association with the renowned Smithsonian Institution.Does your little...
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  • Richly illustrated with over a thousand photos and dazzling details of the elements that make up the physical world. Written in association with the renowned Smithsonian Institution.

    Does your little chemist have questions about the stuff that everything is made of? This visual reference book covers each of the 118 elements and includes a glossy pull-out poster of the periodic table.


    This encyclopedia is a superb introduction to the subject of chemistry. Written with kids ages 9 to 12 in mind, using easy to understand language and straightforward fun facts. There's information on the scientists that made the first discoveries, and spectacular photos of large natural features, along with a simple explanation of what an atom is. Find out which of the things we see every day contain these common and unusual elements.

    There's so much to discover about different elements. Explore their atomic structure with the number of electrons, protons and neutrons, and the three states of solid, liquid, or gas. Kids will learn that the copper used in computer motherboards is also what the Statue of Liberty is made of, and why it's green. Also learn about elements like zinc - why Japan's Akashi Bridge is coated in zinc, and why zinc is used in the soles of boots to make the rubber tougher.

    Each element is shown in its pure form in a stunning series of photos that will keep children engrossed in elemental science. The poster included with this education book is an added learning tool that shows how the elements are arranged on the periodic table. It's easier than ever to look up the basics of chemistry.

    From Ac to Xe and all the elements between!

    The multitude of photos, in this appealing format, makes learning the fundamentals of chemistry simple and enjoyable. This visual reference guide provides the reader with an overview of the most fascinating facts about the elements within us and around us.

    - Concise and bite-sized information makes it easy for young scholars to follow.
    - Eye-catching and captivating photos of raw elements and what they are used in.

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  • Library Journal

    July 1, 2017

    The elements are the building blocks of our world, but many people are unaware of their history, their physical beauty, and how they impact our daily lives. The entries in this volume are categorized by their location in the periodic table, emphasizing commonalities among groups. The Smithsonian Institution, in partnership with Jackson (Mathematics) and DK, has created an eye-popping book with stunning images from hundreds of photographers, with a page or two devoted to each element. Call-out boxes reference key scientists, and occasional spreads showcase elements in action, such as sculpted into a golden Buddha or crafted into the aluminum blades of a jet turbine. Scientific tidbits both common ("Plants release oxygen in sunlight") and obscure ("Pure chlorine is heavier than air") are also featured. VERDICT Perfect for browsing, this gorgeous volume deserves a place in every school and public library.

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • School Library Journal

    September 1, 2017

    Gr 5-7-An array of glittering crystals, lambent chunks of ore, and artistically posed lab samples that were all definitely ready for their close-ups are paired with equally vivid photos of manufactured products, scientific instruments, works of art, prominent scientists, and large-scale natural features to give this tour of the periodic table a strongly visual character. Arranged not by atomic number but (more logically) in groups, the 118 entries each contain examples of an element's various forms and common uses, diagrams of atomic structures, and, occasionally, a side profile of the element's discoverer or namesake. The narrative text is often rather squeezed into a ribbon along the lower margins, offering pithy explanatory comments on the pictures, which are accompanied by clearly visible labels and captions. Jackson occasionally makes simplistic claims, such as assertions that there are only three states of matter (more than a dozen have been demonstrated or theorized) and that Robert Boyle was the first to conduct chemistry experiments. Still, his information is precise, concise, and current enough to include the recently assigned permanent names for elements 113, 115, 117, and 118. VERDICT Not an essential replacement for older surveys such as Dan Green's The Elements or Albert Stwertka's Guide to the Elements, but for upper elementary and middle school students, this is a dazzling and up-to-date alternative.-John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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