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Elementary Science Book Bundle to Inspire Young Scientists

This bundle includes 5 Elementary Science Books.

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for Over 60 Years

Wisdom, the Midway Albatross |MimsHouse.comStarred Publisher’s Weekly review

The oldest wild bird in the world faced yet another danger when the Japanese Tsunami struck Midway Island where she lives. This is Wisdom’s astounding story of survival of manmade and natural disasters for over 60 years. She has survived the dangers of living wild, plastic pollution, longline fishing, lead poisoning, and the Japanese earthquake.

At 65+ years old, she’s still alive and still laying eggs and hatching chicks. A must-read true story to capture the imagination of children of any age.

Darcy Pattison’s Wisdom, the Midway Albatross inspires young scientists and nature lovers with a true story of an individual animal in an easy to read format with captivating illustrations. It’s the first of a series of fascinating animal biographies for elementary readers. Pattison’s science-related books bring kids face to face with the basic questions of science and help them think like scientists.

Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: A True Story of an Orphaned Cub

Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma |

***NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book 2015***


When a mother puma, an attempt to steal a chicken, she is caught in a trap and dies. The search is on for orphaned cubs. Will the scientists be able to find the cubs before their time runs out?

In this “Biography in Text and Art,” Harvill takes original photos as references to create accurate wildlife illustrations. These aren’t generic cats, but one particular individual in detail. Pattison’s careful research, vetted by scientists in the field, brings to life this this true story of an infant cub that must face a complicated world alone—and find a way to survive.

Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: How a Jumping Spider Learned to Hunt in Space

2017 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book

Nefertiti the Spidernaut |
On October 10, 2011 YouTube, Lenovo, International Space Station, Space Adventures, NASA, European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency jointly announced a world-wide student competition. Students were asked to post a video suggesting an experiment to be sent to the Space Station. Judged by scientist Stephen Hawking, 18-year-old Amr Mohamed of Alexandria, Egypt won with his suggestion that they send a jumping spider to space. Most spiders are passive spiders, just building a web and waiting for prey to come it them. Jumping spiders, by contrast, actively hunt by jumping on prey. The research question was this: what will happen when a jumping spider tries to hunt in a weightless environment?

Thus begins the adventure of Nefertiti, the Spidernaut. A Phiddipus johnsonii, or Johnson jumping spider was chosen because she was large enough to photograph well. Amr’s original hypotheses was that the jumping spider wouldn’t adapt to space and wouldn’t be able to eat. In 2012, Nefertitti clocked 100 days in space, during which time she circled Earth about 1584 times, traveling about 41,580,000 miles.

This is a story of change: through the dark and cold, in spite of being weightless and isolated, this amazing spider adapted and learned to hunt. She survived to return to Earth, where she had to re-adapt to Earth’s gravity. Nefertiti’s story of survival inspires hope that we, too, can adapt to a changing world.

Burn: Michael Faraday’s Candle

Burn: Michael Faraday's Candle |
Travel back in time to December 28, 1848 in London, England to one of the most famous juvenile science Christmas lectures at the Royal Institution. British scientist Michael Faraday (1791-1867) encouraged kids to carefully observe a candle and to try to figure out how it burned.

Since Faraday’s lecture, “The Chemical History of a Candle,” was published in 1861, it’s never been out of print; however, it’s never been published as a children’s picture book – till now. Faraday originally gave seven lectures on how a candle burns. Pattison has adapted the first 6000-word lecture to about 650 words for modern elementary students, especially for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum. Known as one of the best science experimenters ever, Faraday’s passion was always to answer the basic questions of science: “What is the cause? Why does it occur?”

Clang: Ernst Chladni’s Sound Experiments

2019 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book

Cover: Clang! Ernst Chladni's Sound Experiments | Great Science Experiments book for kids. | Mims House

What if your science experiments were so interesting that even an Emperor wanted to know more? Clang! is about the cool, simple science of sound experiments, or acoustics.

Traveling Scientist entertains with Sound Experiments: Simple Science Experiments

In 1806, scientist Ernst Chladni (KLOD-nee) left Germany for a three-year road trip, entertaining Europeans with his science experiments.

He made wires, columns of air, and solids vibrate. He wrote about this in his native German language, but his French scientist friends wanted to read about it in French. But how could he get the cash he needed to write his new book?

In February, 1809, Chladni’s friends took him to the Tuliere Palace. This elementary science picture book dramatizes the exciting meeting between a German scientist and French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

Because of his work with sound, Chladni was known as the Father of Acoustics. The book he wrote with Napoleon’s money became the foundation of the study of sound. In his travels, he also picked up meteorites. He was the first scientist to suggest that meteor came from space. He’s also known as the Father of Meteorite Studies.

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Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 9 × 9 in

Hardcover, Paperback

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