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: 2018-10-07 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Intermediate, science, chemistry, physics, narrative nonfiction " said.

" I wanted to like this more than I did. I had read partway through the adult version of the book. and this edition is not much different. I was hoping for more dynamic storytelling. " said.

" Weaving science with history and good storytelling, this version of the book is accessible for a younger crowd. Curious older kids and teens should enjoy it. " said.

" Loved learning the stories behind the elements! Quite fascinating! " said.

" This was a happy accident, as I added this book to my library queue without noticing that this is the Young Reader’s edition. Although it wasn’t quite what I expected, I found the book to be an enjoyable light read - and totally the kind of book I would have devoured in middle school. One does get the feeling that many scientists are less-than-admirable human beings, but that is rather true. " said.

" This is a fascinating look at the periodic table. For a teacher like me who somehow managed to skip over chemistry classes in high school and college, this was an excellent catch-up course. I'm waiting for Sam Kean to tackle other science and math topics like pi, energy, and cells. While the book has an AR grade equivalency of 10.0, my sixth-grader enjoyed reading it. The book contains high-interest stories behind the scientific facts. Well done, Mr. Kean! " 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.

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