I Get Wet
I See Myself I See Myself

From The ALA Booklist

Cobb takes a fresh approach to science for young children in the Science Play series. Each book introduces a single, simple concept through words, pictures, and experimentation (or as the series title would have it, “play”). Indeed, Cobb encourages adults reading the book aloud to put the book aside whenever an activity is suggested and let the child explore and discover before continuing reading. The bold graphics feature strong, simplified forms, colors, and patterns as well as the creative use of typography to represent, say, the path of a bouncing beam of light or the shape of a drop of water dripping from a faucet. In I Get Wet, a boy learns some of the properties of water through pouring it into different containers, observing it drip and flow, and trying to absorb it with waxed paper and paper toweling. I See Myself features a girl who finds out a little about vision, light, and reflection by playing with a mirror, a flashlight, and a bouncing ball. The crisp, upbeat look of the digital illustrations contrasts sharply with the often posed and tired-looking photographs routinely used in books of science experiments for young children. This playful approach reflects the enthusiastic tone in Cobb’s text, which encourages children to discover for themselves the properties of water and light. An eye-opening debut for a promising series. - Carolyn Phelan

From The Horn Book

Cobb's Scienceplay series successfully provides conceptually rich science for very young children. In this latest entry, Cobb starts with a familiar experience – the push of wind on children and objects in their world – to develop the concept of air being made on molecules. this may seem like a sophisticated topic for preschoolers, but Cobb pulls it off. An interactive format guides adults and children through a series of activities using common household objects , while the text supports these experiments with well-posed questions and succinct explanations. The format encourages adult and child alike to actually think about the concepts behind the activities. The combination of the inventive layout and Gorton's playful illustrations makes a convincing invitation to investigate the science behind everyday experience. –D.J.F.

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