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What If?: Mind-boggling Science Questions for Kids Paperback – 6 Apr 1998

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (6 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471176087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471176084
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 993,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

What if the earth were square?

Discover the amazing answers to some cooland weird questions about our world

  • What if the earth stopped spinning?
  • What if we could see sounds?
  • What if the moon fell down?
  • What if aliens landed and only wanted to talk to dogs?

Bizarre brainteasers and ingenious inquiries set the stage for a fantastic foray into the wacky world of real science. The intriguing topics range from plants and animals to light and sound, from the wind and the weather to the planets and the stars. Captivating cartoons and quick, fun–filled experiments will stretch your mind and your imagination.

About the Author

ROBERT EHRLICH is a physics professor at George Mason University. He is the author of The Cosmological Milkshake, What If You Could Unscramble an Egg?, and Why Toast Lands Jelly Side Down.

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Great book - just what I needed to perk up my early morning work with my Year 4 class. We put 1 question on a whiteboard each week, and the children recorded their answers on post-it notes. It really got them thinking! Was brilliant to then have an section to read to them. Will also use it for my little girl when she's older.
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HASH(0x9b84ed74) out of 5 stars Keeping them interested 21 Sept. 2005
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I work with gifted children in a one -on -one situation. Some days its very difficult to keep their attention because they are generally 5 steps ahead of me. I have been using What If with a gifted 5th grader and its pace is just fast enough to keep her engaged. When we consider dropping a rock through a hole in the earth, she suggested using a rubber band to illustrate the effects of gravity. And the next box suggested that we do just that. It was great. Using this book directs our ramblings and gives us enough information to help us consider other similar situations. It is really great
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HASH(0x9c27eea0) out of 5 stars Fun Book For The Classroom 23 Mar. 2013
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I am a dual language teacher and am always looking for ways to combine and integrate lessons within my tight schedule. I use this book as a writing/grammar review. I choose topics in it and write paragraphs with mistakes. We get to discuss the science and correct my mistakes at the same time.
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HASH(0x9c27eda4) out of 5 stars The best science book ever 19 Mar. 2008
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Me and my 7-year boy never had this much fun reading a book ! Can't find a better way to learn science. I just ordered two more copies for Birthday gifts.
HASH(0x9b8531c8) out of 5 stars Good for our "Science Fair Kid" 10 Jan. 2013
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Our grandson (12) is a three time science fair winner; and he wants to be an inventor. He loves this sort of thing. This was a perfect gift for us to get for him. Dianne W.
HASH(0x9bf360cc) out of 5 stars Son doesn't seem very interested in this book. 19 May 2010
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I bought this for my 8 year old son who LOVES science books, thought this would be perfect but, he barely glanced at it. Guess he is more into the hardcore stuff!
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