Exploring the elements : a complete guide to the periodic table / words by Isabel Thomas ; pictures by Sara Gillingham.

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    • Publication Information:
      [US edition].
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A comprehensive introduction explaining what elements are and the design and purpose of the periodic table. Each of the 118 elements is visually presented with its respective letter symbol and atomic number, as well as a map of where it's located in the periodic table. Additional details showing where each element is found in the universe (from food on our plates to the center of a star), its unique properties, atomic diagram, secret chemistry, and working examples of how it's used or changing the world." -- Publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A ... comprehensive introduction to the chemical elements that make up our universe for ages 8-14"--Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      Introduction: The building blocks of everything -- Hydrogen: where it all begins -- Alkali metals -- Alkaline earth metals -- Transition metals -- Post-transition metals -- Metalloids -- Non-metals -- Halogens -- Noble gases -- Lanthanides -- Actinides -- Superheavy elements -- More about the elements and other resources.
    • Notes:
      Includes index.
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Booklist Reviews 2020 December #1

*Starred Review* A scientific catalog as elegantly organized as the periodic table deserves a book to match, and this smart and stylish guide is just that, breaking down a potentially overwhelming amount of material into beautifully bite-size bits that give each element its due. After a brief but not insignificant introduction to the overall concepts of elements and the periodic table itself, each member of the table gets the same treatment: an attractive two-page spread containing a wealth of information. One text-filled page gives descriptions of an element's properties, atomic structure, and other attributes, and the opposing page presents strikingly illustrated forms and usage. Gillingham's (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, 2016) vibrant drawings are spare and stylized, sometimes wonderfully reminiscent of Charley Harper's older biological drawings. Thomas has an obvious affection and admiration for the subject, and the excitement carries over into the text, which is never stilted but always friendly and familiar. Readers can immerse themselves in the material for hours or simply dip in and out at random; the book lends itself beautifully to either approach. Helpful back matter includes further reading, a glossary, and detailed index. Truly an exceptional introduction to the periodic table and all its wonders. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.