Explore physics in this early introduction to the states of matter, starring a goofy dog and his all-too-human family. Zippy art and clear explanations introduce the basic characteristics of four states of matter and how they change from one state to another. Totally up-to-date, this book for elementary school children includes plasma, now covered in all curricula. Straightforward text presents the facts and Raff’s infographic illustrations demonstrate the science and tell a humorous story. There are hands-on activities, such as using a chocolate bar to demonstrate material consistency and using a balloon to prove gases have weight, to reinforce the learning. A glossary defines density, plasma, vapor, and more essential terms.
Anna Raff does not encounter many animals in New York City where she lives, but she does love drawing…and sleeping. The books she has illustrated include You Are Not a Cat, World Rat Day, A Big Surprise for Little Card, and The Wrong Side of the Bed. Please visit her at annaraff.com.