Creighton Peet

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The mothers of America better get what rest and peace of mind they can right now, because after the boys of America get a good look at "Experiments in Science," home isn't going to be the same any more…. [Here] are fifty simple experiments, which should be absolutely fascinating to...

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The mothers of America better get what rest and peace of mind they can right now, because after the boys of America get a good look at "Experiments in Science," home isn't going to be the same any more…. [Here] are fifty simple experiments, which should be absolutely fascinating to any child, all in one book, and the urge to go right out to the kitchen and start messing around is irresistible.

The Messrs. Beeler and Branley are true scientists, and all on the children's side. They never flinch or turn away, although when making coke from coal they suggest, "you better hold your nose when you do this because the smell is awful." However, most experiments are innocent enough, and all are entertaining. "Experiments in Science" should prove a god-send to any teacher or parent faced with the problem of holding a pack at bay during a rainy afternoon.

Creighton Peet, "Books for Younger Readers: 'Experiments in Science'," in The New York Times Book Review (© 1947 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), August 3, 1947, p. 18.

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