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Children's Nonfiction How Things Work-are Made

Solids, Liquids and Gases

by (author) Ontario Science Ontario Science Centre

illustrated by Ray Boudreau

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1998
How Things Work-Are Made, Experiments & Projects
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1998
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
  • Reading age: 5 to 9


Solids, Liquids and Gases has 13 experiments carefully chosen by the Ontario Science Centre. With minimal supervision, children can explore the three states of matter, what makes each state unique and how matter changes from a solid to a liquid to a gas through evaporation, condensation, melting and freezing. Filled with bright photographs, the Starting with Science series provides valuable lessons about basic science for five to eight year olds.

About the authors

Ontario Science Ontario Science Centre's profile page

Adrienne Mason is an educator and author whose books include Owls, Snakes, Move It! and Touch It! She lives in Tofino, British Columbia.

Ray Boudreau's profile page


  • Winner, Best Books for Children, Science Books & Films
  • Winner, Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award
  • Winner, A Parents' Choice Approved
  • Short-listed, Science in Society Book Award, Canadian Science Writers' Association

Editorial Reviews

(Solids, Liquids and Gases; Plants; Simple Machines; and Living Things all) offer simple science activities in an appealing format.—Booklist

Using primary background colors and attractive, enthusiastic children as models, the format of this series is spacious and packs visual punch.—School Library Journal

Until now, there haven't been many good books of experiments for young children that deal with basic scientific principles and include projects that are not only fun, but easy to understand and replicate. Kids Can Press has answered the call with (Solids, Liquids and Gases; Plants; Simple Machines; and Living Things all) ... For a classroom, a child's party or simply a curious budding scientist, Starting with Science is a series that will provide just the needed direction for hours of enjoyable learning.—ForeWord

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