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Mr Shaha's Recipes for Wonder: adventures in science round the kitchen table Hardcover – 8 Mar 2018
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Several collections of kid-friendly experiments have been published recently, but Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder knocks most into a cocked hat. From a catapult constructed from a Pringles tube to the chemistry of a microwave cupcake, Alom Shaha first dangles an enticing activity, then meticulously ― and thrillingly ― details the scientific principles behind its operation. Emily Robertson’s glorious illustrations add to the book’s bursting, irresistible sense of excitement.Source: The Guardian
‘Alom Shaha is gentle and persuasive, the type of teacher you would have loved to have had educate you.’Source: The Guardian
‘An ideal gift for children who love to experiment or learn how to understand how things work, this book will be very handy for keeping kids and adults busy on a rainy day.’Source: Book Trust
‘[F]illed with beautifully illustrated experiments that adults can lead youngsters through.’Author: Dean Burnett Source: The Guardian
‘Full of wonder and delight - this is the perfect recipe for families looking for fun ways to find out more about the universe. Bound to inspire any budding young scientists.’Author: Christopher Edge, author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright
‘Useful, inspiring and beautifully written.’Author: Samuel West
‘Brilliant kitchen table science experiments.’Author: Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant
‘Shaha's book provides a wide range of easy but intriguing science experiments and demonstrations to entertain and engage any child, rendered in charming images and using items found in any typical home. Plus it also provides a valid excuse to buy Pringles. What's not to like?’Author: Dean Burnett, dad of two and author of The Idiot Brain
‘I love this book. The experiments are fantastic (and so are the pictures), but they’ll also make you think. You’ll want to ask questions, and to try to find out the answers. Which is pretty much all that real scientists do too.’Author: Philip Ball, former editor of Nature
‘A charming, accessible way to introduce children to the wonders of scientific research. Every experiment is simple, yet there's no skimming over the hard facts. I wish I'd had a book like this when I was growing up. I'll certainly be working my way through it with my son.’Author: Angela Saini, mother and author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong
About the Author
Alom Shaha was born in Bangladesh but grew up in London. A parent, teacher, science writer, and filmmaker, he has spent most of his professional life trying to share his passion for science and education with the public. Alom has produced, directed, and appeared in a number of television programmes for broadcasters such as the BBC, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts (NESTA) and the Nuffield Foundation. He has represented his community as an elected politician and volunteered at a range of charitable organisations. He teaches at a comprehensive school in London and writes for a number of print and online publications, including The Guardian.
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This book gives me the same excited, fluttery feeling I had when my mum introduced me to the small set of illustrated children's encyclopedias she had as a child - mainly because I would ask questions she didn't know the answer to and she wanted to pass on to me the skill of "finding out"
The text is perfectly pitched - simply phrased and well constructed guides to getting started on fun activities that encourage learning. I found the examples of questions to ask especially helpful: without these the activities are fun, with them they're fun AND educational.
The illustrations are colourful and beautiful, making this a book you can also share with very young children and those who find reading a challenge.
In short, I love it.
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