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J.L. Bell
Illustrated by William Kimber
Toronto, Kids Can Press, 1993. 64pp, paper ,
$10.95, ISBN 1-55074-123-3. CIP

Subject Headings:
Soap-bubbles-Juvenile literature.
Soap-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-7 / Ages 8-12

Reviewed by Pat Steenbergen

Volume 22 Number 3
1994 May/June

This is the first book for children from John Bell, who works as a children's book editor, Soap Science continues the fine work of Kids Can Press in bringing exciting, affordable science books to our schools and homes.

The first third of Soap Science provides many interesting facts about soap, from how the pioneers made their own soap through the invention of floating soap to why you can't take an effective bath in salt water.

The next section deals with soap bubbles. Here we are given the standards--bubble solution recipe and the reason bubbles are round, However, there are also directions for making bubble cubes and spirals. Bell continues the section on soap bubbles with experiments using bubbles to make the invisible visible. For example, soap bubbles are used to illustrate air currents and lung capacity.

The book is rounded out with an outline of scientific methods and guidelines for planning a science project. There is a glossary and an index.

All the illustrations are drawings, so the book has a coherent appearance The drawings clearly indicate the processes involved in carrying out the many experiments in the book as well as amplify other material in the text.

Recommended for purchase by elementary school and public libraries.

Pat Steenbergen is a job sharing librarian in the Professional Library for the staff of the Board of Education for the City of York in Toronto, Ontario

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