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Magnets Push, Magnets Pull

Magnets Push, Magnets Pull

David A. Adler, Illustrated by Anna Raff
Holiday House
2017
32 pp.
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Magnets may seem like little miracles, but as Magnets Push, Magnets Pull shows, there are scientific explanations for all of magnetism’s extraordinary attributes. David Adler walks readers through the basics of magnetism with a set of hands-on experiments easy to do at home with simple magnets and a few household items. The demonstrations are easy to follow and reproduce, thanks to Anna Raff’s exceptional and bright illustrations. The book starts by encouraging kids to see what types of objects stick to a permanent magnet. The invisible magnetic force is demonstrated by the interaction of magnets with paper clips and iron filings. Kids are encouraged to investigate how magnetic poles interact, not only between the north and south poles of the magnets but also between the static magnets and Earth. The fun doesn’t stop there, as additional demonstrations allow readers to make paper clips magnetic by rubbing them with static magnets. Even more exciting is learning how to make an electromagnet using wire and batteries. Magnets Push, Magnets Pull shows readers that they don’t need to be a scientist to understand how magnets work.