Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion

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Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion
This story recalls this important man and his scientific discoveries in dramatic, graphic novel format. Isaac Newton experimented with simple machines as a child. Later, while observing nature, he began inventing mathematics to explain how nature worked. These mathematical equations became the basis for the Laws of Motion, which changed science forever. Read Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion to learn about Newton and the observations that led to the Laws of Motion.

About Graphic Novels:
Experienced parents know that the amount of reading their child does will have a direct and positive impact on his reading fluency and vocabulary development. That is why graphic novels - which we used to refer to as comic books - though once relegated to the category of lowbrow reading, are now experiencing a surge in popularity.

You may think that the comic book medium is primarily for mainstream American children who are peppered by snack-size visual and audio bombardment. If you desire that your children slow down and feast on the written word, then you may cringe at the idea of a graphic novel version of Moby Dick. But before you issue a home-wide ban on these books, consider the following.

If you have a reluctant or beginning reader, your first concern should be for fluidity and competency. You will find that the graphic novel's illustrations draw your child in even as the vocabulary becomes more complex. Then, because the graphics are so attention-grabbing, children often find themselves reading for pleasure.

If your reluctant reader is an older child, your main concern may be making sure that he is culturally savvy. With graphic novels, vocabulary is introduced via contextual clues, making great literature accessible to more children. The interesting pictures and snappy dialogue, with little-to-no narration to bog the reader down, will encourage independent reading and learning. As the child's competence and confidence grow, so will his joy of literacy.

Even if your older child is a competent reader, he will enjoy taking a break from the verbally intense books characteristic of higher-level learning to enjoy a more visual form of storytelling. A 2006 study found that the amount of reading children did for fun decreased from the time they were eight through the teen years. Graphic books can re-engage them in the delights of reading for leisure as well as for learning.

There are children who may never read for pleasure; God just might have wired them differently. But most children, from the reluctant, faltering reader to the brilliant but easily bored adolescent, will find graphic novels intriguing.
Author: Andrea Gianopoulos
Illustrator: Phil Miller
Number of Pages: 32
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Capstone Press
Edition/Copyright: 2007
Made In: USA
ISBN: 9780736878999
Consumable: No
Reproducible: No
Faith-Based: No

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Great intro to Isaac Newton

This was a nice introduction to Isaac Newton, with lots of color and all the facts you need at the beginning, to get a child interested in learning about a big name in science history. We're not generally into comic books or graphic novels, but the odd one here and there for history seems to add an extra bit of fun into the routine, even though my daughter is a voracious reader and usually looks for standard books. They make it more appealing to pick up a book on a subject that might not generally appeal to her, since it's not a typical story-style book.

Great for homeschool

My child with dyslexia has really enjoyed using these for our schooling!

Science unit study

Great addition for a science unit study. Inviting and engaging.

Laws of Motion

Love the comic book format and we are actually learning!!!

Love this book series!

The book is well illustrated with cool colors, great graphics and a good grasp on all the main points BUT, that aside, it really has provided a wonderful pathway for learning about new people and ideas. I am always looking for retention with our school materials and books. I was surprised how many things my 10 year old came away with after reading this book! What was most delightful was hearing my child engaging her father in conversation about his love of all things science!