Protons and Neutrons is a great book for your budding chemist. Written by Mary Wissinger, this can qualify as a “my first science textbook” without being all boring and fact-focused, produced by Genius Games.
It is a picture book which introduces small children to the concept of protons, neutrons, and electrons. More specifically, what they do, what their charges are and how they are attracted to each other. Also, how chemical elements are defined through the number of protons they possess.
Pete is the Proton, Ned is the Neutron, and the electron does not get a name, but one can tell it is a girl. My six-year-old daughter loved the electron because she loves to see girls and feminine details everywhere.
The first question I got from the kids after I finished reading the book was, “Can we read it again?” The second question was, “Is there another book?” meaning “Is there a sequel to this book?” I answered, “Not yet.”
We have read enough book series for them to know that strong, fun characters get different adventures in different volumes. They were expecting this was yet another series we had started.
I know the creators of this book are planning on making a whole series and, from the looks of it, my children will definitely be interested.
Expect the vocabulary to be strong and scientific. This is not a book that dumbs down scientific vocabulary. Be ready to explain some of these words, because the book does not. Neither does the book tell anything about atoms as the place where one will run into protons, neutrons and electrons.
It looks like Book 3 in the series will develop that concept. I felt that was the only thing missing in the book. I felt the need to tell the kids that Pet and Ned live inside something called atoms. But otherwise the book is perfect.
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I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review and opinion.