Why does a magnet pick up a paper clip but not a leaf or a penny? How can the whole world be a magnet? Follow the step-by-step instructions about how to make your own magnet, and then find out for yourself what makes a magnet!
About the Author
Franklyn M. Branley was the originator of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and the author of close to 150 popular books about scientific topics for young readers of all ages. He was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum of Natural History-Hayden Planetarium.
True Kelley has illustrated many favorite books for children in her fun-filled watercolor style, including several in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. She and the author previously collaborated on What Makes a Magnet? and What the Moon is Like?
True Kelley lives in Warner, New Hampshire.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are not many high quality books about magnets geared towards lower elementary age children. Of what is available, this book is one of the best. It introduces the idea of fishing with magnets, what types of things magnets attract, what poles are and how they work, and also mentions the history of magnetism. This book is a little awkward to read, though, as it engages the PK-K audience with the first few pages, and then appeals more to the 1-3 audience with that last pages. I jump around a lot when I read this aloud to PK and 1st graders. I also need to supplement information. This book would be stronger if it contained real photographs of magnets, introduced some additional magnet experiments, or talked more about what they are and how they work in the intial pages and not towards the end. Still, I would recommend it to elementary science teachers.
Not so much a storybook as a collection of suggested activities you can do with magnets, plus some historical background. Luisa's current favourite book, and the suggested activities really ... align my north and south poles.
What Makes a Magnet? is a good introduction for young readers to get an understanding of what magnetism is. The book cleverly begins by having the reader "go fishing" in a box by placing various things into the box (things made with and without iron) and making a fishing pole with string, a magnet, and a pencil. It explains that magnets can only pick up things made with iron. Additionally, it briefly explains to the reader that the earth is a magnet because it contains a lot of iron. There is also an experiment presented in storybook fashion where the reader can make their own compass. I really liked this book and can see myself using the ideas in a middle school science class. It is illustrated with colored drawings of a little girl discovering magnets and has a cute little mouse helping her.