By Wendy Pfeffer, Illustrated by Paul Meisel
HarperCollins Children’s Books, $17.99, 32 pages
For decades, the award-winning Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science books have been fun and informative introductions to basic science topics for children. The books in the series are geared toward either preschool- and kindergarten-age children (Stage 1) or children in the primary grades (Stage 2). A new Stage 2 title, Light Is All Around Us, written by Wendy Pfeffer and illustrated by Paul Meisel, is all about how light works and functions in our everyday lives. A diagram near the beginning does well to show how fast light moves, comparing its speed to a car on a highway, a plane in the sky, and the speed of sound. Readers will learn how light is measured, different ways light is generated (not all light comes from the Sun!), and how light helps people to see. At the end of the book are two activities for kids to try: learning about plants needing light and having fun with shadows. While technical information is presented in an age-appropriate and lively way, books in the Lets-Read-and-Find-Out series also show children as active and engaged participants in discovery and learning the wonders of science. Light Is All Around Us continues an exceptional series valued by librarians, teachers, homeschooling parents, and curious young readers.
Reviewed by Michael Barton