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Take science to a whole new levelCreated in partnership with Prentice Hall the Big Idea Science Book is a comprehensive guide to key topics in science falling into four major strands Living Things Earth Science Chemistry and Physics with a uniue difference a website component with 200 specially created digital assets that provide the opportunity for hands on interactive learning

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    The authors of The Big Idea Science Book know that learning science can be daunting with lots of stuff to learn about Therefore they try to show that science is all connected by presenting 24 big ideas of science and building off those principles There's also an online portion with material that's related to what's presented in the book I really enjoyed this book It's well organized and has stunning photographs illustrations and graphics as well as interesting topics with easy to read font and easily accessible language It's written for 8 17 year olds but even adults can get a lot out of this book It's not the most comprehensive science book around but it certainly encompasses lots of topics and presents them in a wonderful exciting way Not at all like a dry old boring textbook The book starts off by presenting the 24 key concepts of science or the big ideas of science Some examples 1 Genetic information passes from parents to offspring13 Earth is a continually changing planet17 Atoms are the building blocks of matterThese connect and help explain everything you need to know about science It shows that everything in science is connected and not just a bunch of random facts Even though I think the big idea concept is an interesting and novel approach to learning science I still had a hard time wrapping my head around the whole idea I could see how some of the ideas could be applied to each of the topics but that wasn't the case with all of them I also couldn't see how this made learning science better Some of the information still felt like random facts that would have to be memorized Besides now I had 24 things to remember Having said that I'm sure that once I spent some time learning about the big ideas it would probably make a lot sense The book is divided into 3 key areas of science life earth and physical Many different topics are presented within each of these areas For each topic the big ideas are listed on the upper right hand side of the page It's handy to see which topics are connected For future editions it might be useful to include a reverse lookup much like an index That is a list of big ideas with the page numbers where they were referenced For example #1 is mentioned on the following pages 12 13 14 14 22 23 30 31 etc So if I wanted to learn about genetic information passing from parents to offspring I could reference those pages Most topics if not all have Did You Know? asides which contain fascinating snippets of information about the subject For example on DNA connections Did You Know? Humans carry the DNA seuence for a tail But during early development another seuence overrides it Another example On sharks Did You Know? Sharks can grow lose and replace up to 30000 teeth during their lifetime I loved all of these bits of information but my favourite one was about the River Did You Know? Although the cuts all the way across Brazil not a single bridge crosses the river I did not know that The table of contents lists the major section as well as all of the individual topics within each of these sections The index is adeuate and should help the reader find the information they are looking for The book also includes a glossary with definitions various terms from alloys to wavelengths There's also an online component with lots of information that expands upon what's already in the book There are interesting videos uestions to answer and cool graphics I didn't go through everything online because it's uite extensive It looks really good though and is definitely a good accompaniment to the book Highly recommended For information about this book or to browse inside please visit DK's websiteI'd like to thank those nice people at DK Canada for this review copy The Big Idea Science Book by DK Publishing Dorling Kindersley DK ©2010 ISBN 9780756689025Softcover 304pThis review is also available on my blog Daisy's Book Journal