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The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements (Young Readers Edition) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0316388289
LANGUAGE:English

" I am such a science nerd.Good for science classes studying the periodic table. Several other nonfiction books to pair with this one too! Now I want to go back and reimagine a way to teach a literature/science class focusing on nonfiction books... " said.

"The perfect book to hand a kid who is intrigued by the recent Russian spy poisonings.

That said, I can't FATHOM handing this to a 10-year-old, as the publisher recommends. It's challenging material to approach even as an adult reader. (Granted, I'm no chem scholar.) I'd suggest this strictly for the current or recent Chemistry student who seeks a human-interest connection to the material. Perhaps pair it with Radioactive!: How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World or The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor.
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" Intermediate, science, chemistry, physics, narrative nonfiction " said.

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Fun Fact-if you ever want to read a big, complicated book only to realize it's going to be big and complicated, pick up the Young Reader's Edition instead. That's right, grown up stuff simplified for kids.
The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean is full of fun and fascinating geek facts about how the periodic table was created and all the drama that went with it.
Highly enjoyed this book and I'm so glad to have it available to my young readers at the Library. Or, adults who like their books shorter and easier to read. You know, like me.
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"There were some truly interesting stories about how elements were discovered and the fights that happened between scientists. There is also coverage of a lot of different stories of damage people did to themselves with elements that were dangerous but we didn't have the knowledge. And there are more stories beyond that, but the flow didn't work here. Each chapter had a heading and the stories were related but they were written to flow and they didn't quite flow. Also, for this young reader's edition, I think they assumed far too much chemistry knowledge. I'm sure the adult version assumes as much, but likely has a different set of readers who do have that knowledge." said.

" ARC received from publisher at ALAEven though this was the young readers edition, I still had a lot of trouble following what was going on. This would be great to dip into for read alouds during science class, but it did jump around a bit. " said.

"The perfect book to hand a kid who is intrigued by the recent Russian spy poisonings.

That said, I can't FATHOM handing this to a 10-year-old, as the publisher recommends. It's challenging material to approach even as an adult reader. (Granted, I'm no chem scholar.) I'd suggest this strictly for the current or recent Chemistry student who seeks a human-interest connection to the material. Perhaps pair it with Radioactive!: How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World or The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor.
" said.

" ARC received from publisher at ALAEven though this was the young readers edition, I still had a lot of trouble following what was going on. This would be great to dip into for read alouds during science class, but it did jump around a bit. " said.

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