Explore Gravity!: With 25 Great Projects by Cindy Blobaum and illustrated by Bryan Stone. Nomad Press, 2013. 96 pages.
- Reading Level: Middle Grades (ages 8-10, 10-12)
- Maturity Level: Ages 4-8 and up
Explore Gravity is part activity book, part experiment book, and part textbook that explores gravity-related concepts (cause of gravity, effects of gravity, past discoveries) and features coordinating activities and experiments. Explanations of complex scientific concepts are very student-friendly. Most activities could be accomplished at home with basic household supplies. The book is well organized and includes a good glossary as well as resources for further study. In addition, there is a timeline that showcases a nice history of gravity-related discoveries and famous scientists (space and astronomy concepts; Copernicus, Gallileo, Kepler, and others). Remarkably little evolutionary language is used for a book that references space, but some readers may be disappointed in the use of BCE/CE references for dates. All in all, this is a nice resource for extra science enrichment and provides an opportunity to explore a fascinating element of creation, particularly when we remember that all of creation holds together in and is sustained by Christ Himself.
Cautions: Worldview (slight; use of “BCE/CE” terminology for dates)
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
- Worldview/Moral Rating: 3.5 out of 5
- Artistic Rating: 3.5 out of 5