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Children's Nonfiction Physics

Touch It!

Materials, Matter and You

by (author) Adrienne Mason

illustrated by Claudia Dávila

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2005
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
Recommended Reading age
4 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2005
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2005
    List Price

Classroom Resources

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Out of print

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Developed with the cooperation of a science consultant, this book in the Primary Physical Science series is a tool to teach the physical sciences to young children.

Touch It!

follows science curricula and is loaded with surprising facts and hands-on activities designed to hold young readers' interest and tap into their fascination with the everyday world.

Touch It!

explores materials — their color, shape, texture, size, mass, magnetism and more.

About the authors

Adrienne Mason is a writer, editor and life-long resident of Vancouver Island. A biologist and naturalist/interpreter, she is the managing editor of KNOW: The Science Magazine for Curious Kids. She has a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Victoria, and her articles have appeared in National Geographic Kids, WILD, Canadian Geographic, Georgia Straight, Beautiful BC, OWL, Ranger Rick, Boys' Life and Nature Canada. She lives in Tofino, BC, and enjoys hiking, beachcombing and exploring the coast with her husband and two daughters.

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CLAUDIA DÁVILA a été directrice artistique des magazines Chirp et ChickaDEE, en plus d’être l’auteure-illustratrice de la série de bandes dessinées primées The Future According to Luz et de l’album Super Red Riding Hood. Elle a également illustré l’ouvrage percutant et multi récompensé Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War de Michel Chikwanine et Jessica Dee Humphreys, ainsi que Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book de Marthe Jocelyn et Richard Scrimger. Claudia est née à Santiago, au Chili, et vit maintenant à Toronto avec sa famille.


Claudia Dávila is the former art director of Chirp and chickaDEE magazines, and is the author-illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel series The Future According to Luz and the picture book Super Red Riding Hood. Claudia illustrated the powerful and multi-award-winning book Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys, Viminy Crowe's Comic Book by Marthe Jocelyn and Richard Scrimger and The Canadian Kids Guide to Outdoor Fun by Helaine Becker. Claudia was born in Santiago, Chile, and lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

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Librarian Reviews

Touch It! Materials, Matter and You

Kids Can Press also has a new and original science series, Primary Physical Science. It is another welcome addition to the primary science curriculum which is dominated by often overpriced American series. The text is easy to read and understand and provides clear explanations and easy-to-do experiments. Move It!, for example, discusses pushing and pulling and then gives directions for an experiment of blowing on a ping-pong ball through a straw with varying degrees of force. Each concept covers a double-page spread and includes a bold, lively illustration that clarifies and extends the idea that is being presented. The picture illustrating basic force shows children playing in a playground and asks the reader to find five ways that the children are using force in their play. It is a well-designed book that should be easy for a young child to use and understand.

There is a section for parents and teachers that explains each concept in greater detail and suggests further activities to present the concepts to children. Each book includes a table of contents, index and glossary. Two more titles, Build It! Structures, Systems and You and Change It! Solids, Liquids, Gases and You will be coming out in the fall of 2006. This excellent series is a must-have for elementary schools.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2006. Vol.29 No. 1.

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