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Summary: Not only will you find instructions for constructing a variety of simple boats and submarines but the author also provides ideas on how to create an “ocean” for testing your creations in the backyard. Don’t worry about supplies since most of these boats are fashioned from recycled materials like mill cartons, Styrofoam containers, rubber bands, and aluminum/plastic containers. This is a hand-on book for learning the science of propulsion.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, independent reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 and Up
Interest Level: 9 to 12
Age of Child: Shared with a group of boys 11 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: My friend used this with his scout troop and it worked out nicely.
Adult Reader Reaction: I thought the book was very interesting with a variety of projects.
Pros: With good directions and lots of variety, parents and teachers will be able to engage kids in creating something fun with this book.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is an excellent resource for teachers, home schooling parents, and kids who like to make things.
Educational Themes: This is a book built for learning fun. You can study propulsion (have races with different types of boats), study substances and their properties.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.