Book of the Microscope
64pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Give a little child a magnifying glass and you will entertain them for hours.
Give a little child a pair of binoculars and you will entertain them for days,
But give them a microscope and you will entertain them weeks, if not a lifetime.
There is something fascinating that draws little people into looking at little things, so much smaller than they are and which captures their interest and imagination. How well I remember the times it was our turn to have the school’s class set of microscopes and the anticipation and oy of discoveries made. It didn’t surprise me that now Miss 16 had a microscope and a telescope on her Santa lists when she was but a babe!
So this book which explains what a microscope is, how it works and how to use it will be a welcome companion to a gift of the real thing. There are so many things to look at in and around the home that it can be overwhelming but with brilliant illustrations and accessible text, the reader is directed to focus on specific things such as the shapes and textures of thinks like moss or pollen and thus when they choose their own investigations they have learned the sorts of things to look for and at. There are even projects such as peeling a leaf or growing body bacteria so the budding scientist is even more actively engaged.
Apart from being a brilliant suggestion for keeping young readers entranced as the long summer holidays approach, being an Usborne publication means there are safe links to follow to learn and discover more including using a virtual microscope.
As well, the TL’s best friend Peter Macinnis still endorses the GoMicro, a device that attaches to a smart phone and for which he has written a series of free lessons for kids to use to explore the world around them. More information about the device and how it can be purchased and used in schools (included purchasing a class set for $270) is here or contact Peter directly for the teaching notes.