Sunday, May 1, 2011

Explore Life Cycles: A Book Review

About The Book:

In Explore Life Cycles! kids ages 6-9 will learn about the amazing changes plants and animals experience throughout their lives. Young scientists will discover what happens inside those magical cocoons to transform a caterpillar into a creature as different as a butterfly. They’ll explore how frogs can breathe underwater as tadpoles, then use lungs as an adult. Life Cycles will show kids how mammals, fish, birds, insects, amphibians, plants, and fungus are born, develop, and live their lives. Activities range from edible life cycles of insects to special butterfly habitats. Using an eye-catching combination of cartoons, fun facts, and exciting projects, Explore Life Cycles! will bring the mysteries of life right into kids’ hands

Check out this great activity from Explore Life Cycles

About The Author:

Kathleen M. Reilly is an award-winning writer and author. She is a frequent contributor to magazines like Family Circle, Parents, Woman’s Day, National Geographic Kids, FamilyFun, and others. Kate has taught science classes for kids for five years, bringing tough topics to life through interactive projects and experiments. She’s also the author of four science activity books and a children’s biography.
About The Illustrator:
Bryan Stone has worked on a variety of professional comics and illustration projects, including drawings for Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center and a monthly, three page, comic called Onion Head for Bash Magazine. Bryan moved from Alabama to New England to attend The Center for Cartoon Studies and now
lives in White River Junction, Vermont. For more information visit his website,
My Review:
Once again I have the privilege to introduce you to another fantastic resource for Elementary Science. Explore Life Cycles has six fantastic chapters:
1. Introduction
2. An Endless Cycle
3. Does It Have A Face?
4. Here Comes Baby
5. Grow, Baby, Grow
6. The Cycle Continues
7. Threats To Life Cycle
The illustrations within the book are fantastic, and I think my children loved them more than anything. At only 4.5 and 2.5 years of age, this book is a little above them in a lot of ways. However, I was able to modify a couple of the activities (there a some in each chapter) including Life Cycle Viewing Strips, Make Your Own See Through Egg, and Make Your Own Oil Spill Experiment. 
This is an absolutely fantastic resource that will highly supplement any Elementary Science and Home School Curriculum.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Explore Life Cycles by Kathleen M. Reilly online, through Amazon.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Nomad Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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