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Nano : the spectacular science of the very (very) small / Dr. Jess Wade ; illustrated by Melissa Castrillón.

Wade, Jess, (author.). Castrillón, Melissa, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 10 of 16 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Norfolk Library.

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0 current holds with 16 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Norfolk Library J EASY WAD (Text to phone) 36058148291079 Juvenile Easy Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781536217667
  • ISBN: 1536217662
  • ISBN: 9781536217667 : SAL
  • ISBN: 1536217662 : SAL
  • ISBN: 9781536217667
  • ISBN: 1536217662
  • Physical Description: 29 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Summary, etc.:
In this STEM-ready book, an acclaimed physicist takes readers into the cutting-edge world of nanoscience where they will learn about the tiny building blocks that make up the world around us.
Subject: Nanoscience > Juvenile literature.
Nanotechnology > Juvenile literature.
Nanoscience.
Nanotechnology.
Picture books.
Genre: Picture books.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 9781536217667
Nano: the Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small
Nano: the Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small
by Wade, Jess; Castrillón, Melissa (Illustrator)
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Nano: the Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small

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"Everything is made out of something," British physicist Wade's picture book debut notes on the first page, instigating an exploration of the world's building blocks. A conversational narrative moves swiftly from macroscopic materials including wood and glass to microscopic atoms and nanomaterials, while finely hatched illustrations by Castrillón (The Balcony) sweep readers into this nanoscience primer. A child in a skirt and yellow boots playfully interacts with each spread, sometimes shrunken and perched on a single atom or microscope stage, observing, other times presenting a simple graphic. More fanciful touches, such as the child's blue hair or an elephant walking a tightrope of graphene ("the strongest material known to human beings"), cultivate a playful tone. Organic, and often lush botanic, motifs rendered in pencil, in a muted primary color palette rendered digitally, link the spreads, turning adding a layer of enticement to this accessible read. After discussing a few hopeful applications for nanomaterials--for example, a nano chip that could help restore eyesight--and giving a nod to ongoing global collaboration, this homage to the "very (very) small" concludes with more details about the who, how, and why of nanomaterials and a brief index. Ages 6--9. (Sept.)

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9781536217667
Nano: the Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small
Nano: the Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small
by Wade, Jess; Castrillón, Melissa (Illustrator)
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Gr 1--4--Using clear, down-to-earth language, a friendly writing style, and a touch of humor, this book explains the nature of nanoscience--the study of very, very small materials. The explanations are perfect for young readers. They begin with what children know ("Look around your home. Everything is made out of something") and then proceed to introduce words readers need to know such as atom, molecule, graphite, grapheme, and nanomaterial. The author doesn't hesitate to speak directly to the reader. After explaining that everything on Earth is made from atoms, she writes, "Stop: read that last sentence again. It's a gigantic idea to get your head around, but it's too important to skip over." The written content is presented using engaging and effective examples that are well-supported by the illustrations. A discussion of how nanoscience is a work in progress discusses how graphene, a material made from a single layer of graphite, is already being used to make lighter airplanes that require less fuel and emit less pollution and windowpanes that wash themselves using only sunlight. The illustrations show "Before" and "After" pictures of both planes and windows. Throughout the book, readers are also told about the nature of science--how discoveries are often preceded by years of failure, that exciting discoveries are yet to come, and that these discoveries might even be made by the reader. VERDICT An excellent book for getting young children interested in science, this supports classroom studies of matter, the work of scientists, and the possibilities of future discoveries.--Myra Zarnowski, City Univ. of New York

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 9781536217667
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by Wade, Jess; Castrillón, Melissa (Illustrator)
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It's incredible to think that everything in the world is made up of smaller parts. In some cases, it's easy to see: a book has pages of paper, and a bedspread is made of cotton, but what makes up the things that make up other things? Everything in the physical world is made up of atoms. It's a huge (tiny) topic to tackle, but Wade, a physicist, breaks the topic down into delightful morsels, introducing young readers to the wonders of nanoscience. The book follows a spritely, blue-haired girl around her colorful world as basic concepts of physical matter are established: atoms, molecules, elements. Once those ideas are in play, Wade delves even further into the scientific possibilities surrounding the use of nanomaterials, from new environmental technologies to medical breakthroughs. Castrillón's intricate illustrations are vibrant and inviting, equally adept at capturing whimsical landscapes and detailed scientific explanations. An appealing and enlightening introduction to the small parts of a big universe.


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