In Mammoths: Natural Sciences, the inquisitive mammoth spares no effort to explain phenomena from chemistry, physics and biology: they build atomic models and fly into space. With springs under their feet, they explain how different forms of energy are transformed into each other; As they flee a sword-toothed tiger, describe how their nervous system enables them to do so.
From physical states to cell types
On each double page, the book is devoted to a variety of scientific topics – from different grouped states to different cell types. The work is divided into five main areas: The chapter on matter deals with atoms, elements and chemical reactions, among others. The section on life not only answers the question of what life really is, but also leads to the world of bacteria and cells and is dedicated to the human body in detail. The chapters on energy and forces explain, among other things, the different forms of energy and power and show practical applications, such as how simple machines work this way. Finally, it concerns the Earth and the universe. In addition to general information about the solar system, current topics such as the impact of global warming are also discussed here.
In all of this, the reader is always accompanied by mammoths, often with young, hard-working elephants. They can be frozen in blocks of ice, thawed again, and blown dried to illustrate transitions from solid to liquid and gaseous states, operate a machine with huge powers that simulate a human’s digestive system, and rub balloons over their fur to show static electricity. This becomes visible through clear and humorous illustrations. The author complements these short, easy-to-understand texts that not only comment on the behavior of the mammoth, but also explain the basic scientific background. An explanation of the technical terms can be found at the end of the book.
The single double pages are free-standing, but loosely dependent on each other. Each chapter develops from background information into more complex examples. This makes the book suitable for reading from front to back and for just surfing and falling into particularly interesting places. The table of contents and keyword index also allow you to search for specific topics.
The book is recommended for children ages eight and over. Playful illustrations open a simple and fun approach to science topics and spark curiosity about what the mammoth experiences and what it has to offer.
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