Discovering your inner scientist.
Every person is a combination of unique interests, knowledge, talents and skills. And inside every one of us is a scientist.
It's true -- there's a scientist in absolutely everybody. Not always a trained, professional one, of course, but a natural, inborn scientist. Think about Beatrix Potter, who, as a child, followed up her natural curiosity by boiling the flesh off dead animals so she could see how their skeletons were constructed. When Charles Darwin was young, he collected anything that caught his eye -- shells, rocks, and bugs. Trumpeter Louis Armstrong was a street kid who was captivated by the rhythm of music.
When you think about it, wondering, imagining and questioning are some of the behaviors we practice every day. From a very young age we reason, explore and come to understand the world around us, using the same tools scientists employ in their pursuit of new discoveries.
This fun, upbeat book shows that scientific thinking is natural, exciting and relevant for everyone. It encourages young readers to spot the scientist within, and suggests how to turn it loose. Lively profiles of artists, athletes, inventors and scientists show how individuals achieved important improvements through scientific actions.
At the end of each chapter, there is a section called Brainplay where readers will find exciting, creative ways to keep their inborn scientist strong and fit.
Diane Swanson definitely has a scientist within: in more than 60 factual books for kids she has explored everything from stomachs to tsunami to science itself. Her recent book Nibbling on Einstein's Brain: The Good, the Bad and the Bogus in Science was named to VOYA's (Voice of Youth Advocates) Annual Nonfiction Honor List in 2001.
Warren Clark has worked as a graphic designer in South Africa, England, and Canada.
Children relate to their peers and Turn It Loose shows how famous people, as children, did the work of scientists. The book is an easy read, with "Brain Play" sections at the end of each brief bio. Science teachers and students alike will thrive on Brain Play--expanding or adapting, as necessary. Swanson finishes her book with "Wind Up," bulleted to-do lists for the scientist in everyone and a list of books, videos and Internet links. Highly recommended for upper elementary through middle school.
Fun, lighthearted romp through history... Swanson effortlessly ties in all the major approaches of science... also clearly demonstrates that one uses all of these methods in the course of normal life.
An enthusiastic look at science, encouraging readers to apply their natural curiosity... Swanson's zest for science in all its diverse forms comes through on every page. She deftly jumps from subject to subject, keeping each chapter lively and engaging.
Buy this for the sheer quantity of information and the excellent 'Brainplay' activities concluding each chapter.
How early curiosity paves the way for large discoveries... anecdotes interspersed with activities that challenge readers' scientific thinking.
An outstanding science book for children... I recommend this book for classrooms, home schooling, and youth programs... that want to stimulate both affection and ability for science and critical thinking.
Diane Swanson has written a unique book. Using biographical details from the lives of well known, living and historical figures, she helps readers to become aware of traits of character that played a part in the work that made these men and women famous. In addition, she provides activities that have been designed to engage children in cultivating similar dispositions, or what she refers to as "scientific actions." ... Swanson strives to inspire readers to achieve great things by remaining curious and full-of-wonder and "feeling free to do the things your inborn scientist has always been eager to do" ... Parents and teachers who believe that children are scientists will certainly want to make their sons and daughters and students aware of Turn It Loose.... There are cognitive processes and dispositions worth cultivating, and Swanson has found a very interesting way of helping young readers do just this. Highly Recommended.