The Science Solves It! series from Kane Press has 30
books available, and each title focuses on one science concept
that is woven into an engaging storyline. Each book is 32 pages
long, with appealing full-color illustrations throughout. They
are designed for elementary age students up through around age
8. I received three titles to review: The Nose Knows by
Ellen Weiss, A Moldy Mystery by Michelle Knudsen, and The
Secret of the Circle-K Cave by Anna Jane Hays.
The Nose Knows is a store about Peter, who has a wonderful
sense of smell. When the rest of his family gets a cold, Peter
has to use his nose to save his family from some stinky situations,
including stopping his sister from drinking bad orange juice, finding
the rotting broccoli his brother hid in his closet, and saving
them from leaking gas when the pilot light on the stove goes out.
This book introduces the reader to how the nose works and why we
need to smell to taste.
In A Moldy Mystery , Jeff is a clean freak who has to
share his room with his messy, science-loving brother, Wayne. When
Wayne goes away to camp, Jeff takes the opportunity to clean their
room, and he throws out several containers of moldy food he finds
under Wayne's bed. Then he discovers that Wayne is working on a
science project that requires him to grow mold, so Jeff and his
friend Kayla use Wayne's lab notes to recreate the experiment.
In this book, the reader learns all about mold, what it is exactly,
how it grows, and why.
The Secret of the Circle-K Cave follows Rick's trip to
visit his Aunt Ida, Uncle James, and cousins Joe Bob and Betsy
out west. While hiking, they discover a cave and are able to spend
time spelunking with Uncle James. During their adventure in the
cave, they discover the answer to a century-old stagecoach robbery
mystery. The reader learns all about caves, how they form, and
what is involved in caving.
There are small boxes throughout the books that explain specific
information about each of the science topics. The information in
these boxes is short, to the point, and easily understood. The
final page of each book has a "Think Like a Scientist" page. This
page directs the reader back to specific pages and asks questions
that cause the reader to think a bit deeper and draw conclusions
about the text. There is also a small experiment included. For
example, in A Moldy Mystery the reader is taught how
to make a mold terrarium.
I had my 8- and 6-year-old sons read these books. They really
enjoyed the stories, and they liked learning the facts about science.
I think the books in the Science Solves It! series would
make a fun supplement to any early elementary science program--or
fun just to have on the shelf for free reading. I highly recommend