Things That Float and Things That Don’t

Bibliographic Information: Adler, David A., and Anna Raff. Things That Float and Things That Don’t. New York, NY: Holiday House, 2013. Print.

Brief Annotation: This is a wonderfully fun illustrated book that explains the basic principles of flotation and density in a way that kids can relate to. The text even encourages students to try some of their own related experiments.

Genre: Nonfiction

Grade Level: K-4

Readers who will like this: Students with a love for science will thoroughly enjoy this. Visual and hands-on or kinesthetic learners will enjoy this as well, as it not only provides witty illustrations but also encourages students to take action to discover flotation and density themselves.

Rating/Response: 3 – Although I really enjoy this book and feel as though it would be a great read aloud for a science unit centered on flotation and density, the illustrations do not include any people of color, only white people. Therefore, I would say that this book is a little bit culturally biased. 

One question you would ask before a read aloud: This book is about flotation and density. Have you heard these terms before? If so, what do they mean or what do you remember about them? If not, what do you think they mean and why? What can we infer about the story from the cover?

Reading Strategy: Science

Rationale for strategy: Being about flotation and density, this book is definitely a science-related book and introduces the concepts in a basic way that is relatable for kids, as it focuses on everyday objects and situations.

Posted by: Emma Henke


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