Monday, December 31, 2012

Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt

Candy Experiments 
by Loralee Leavitt
Elementary Non-Fiction
January 2013

Book Jacket Summary
Candy is more than a sugary snack.  With candy, you can become a scientific detective. You can test candy for secret ingredients, peel the skin off candy corn, or float an "m" from M&M's. You can spread candy dyes into rainbows, or pour rainbow layers of colored water. You'll learn how to turn candy into crystals, sink marshmallows, float taffy, or send soda spouting skyward. You can even make your own lightning.
Candy Experiments teaches kids a new use for their candy.  As children try eye-popping experiments, such as growing enormous gummy worms and turning cotton candy into slime, they'll also be learning science.  Best of all, they'll willingly pour their candy down the drain.
Candy Experiments contains 70 science experiments, 29 of which have never been previously published.  Chapter themes include secret ingredients, blow it up, sink and float, squash it, and other fun experiments about color, density, and heat.  The book is written for children between the ages of 7 and 10, though older and younger ages will enjoy it as well.  Each experiment includes basic explanations of the relevant science, such as how cotton candy sucks up water because of capillary action, how Pixy Stix cool water because of an endothermic reaction, and how gummy worms grow enormous because of the water-entangling properties.

My Thoughts
Secret Ingredients, Color, Sink and Float, Blow It Up, Squash It, Hot and Cold, Dissolve This, Crystals, Sticky,
Science experiments were always the best part of science class in elementary school and this book brings in the best of both worlds- experiments and candy! Loralee Leavitt does a great job of making fun experiments and showing the science behind the effects. The experiments show how to find a secret ingredient, such as acid or oil. Colors come into play in a fun experiment called Halley's Comet M&M's where the student can use an ice pack to make a comet tail from their M&M.
Leavitt does include experiment tips on how to stay safe during the experimental process, including: wear an apron, ask a grown-up to heat the candy. never heat a jawbreaker (I think that would be tempting for a kid), do not eat or drink the experiments, and watch for mold on the candy water.
I would recommend this book to all the budding scientists out there or to a kid who loves candy. I know I would be eating the extras that would not be needed!

Book Pairings
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