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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
There may be a simple answer to your question, why do apples float in water? They feel heavy enough, yet when placed in a bowl of water, they float. I guess floating apples is the reason why bobbing for apples is such a fun game for young and old alike. One couldn’t very well bob for an apple if it was sitting at the bottom of a bucket of water. K.C. is very excited. He knows why apples float in water. And he wants to show his mom and his sister what he knows. It doesn’t matter that it’s Saturday morning and the family is slow to rise. As soon as Mom is up, K.C. asks for a large bowl and an apple. He fills the bowl with water and puts the apple in the water. It floats. But why? K.C. knows and he’s very pleased to explain it to both his mom and his sister in a way that they’ll understand. Knowledge, scientific or otherwise, is important and allowing young people to demonstrate their understanding of a concept is a vital part of their overall education.
Carol Basdeo has created another colorful picture book story to help demonstrate to young readers a simple scientific concept: this one on density. K.C. and Kayla’s Science Corner: The Apple Experiment allows a young boy, K.C., to share his knowledge about density, something he learned at school. The author has created an excellent series of simple picture book stories that not only explore some basic concepts of science, but she presents them in a fun way that includes a good family-based focus. Density in itself is a very difficult concept to understand, but by using the apple in water in the fun art of demonstration through experimentation, the concept is simplified so that anyone can understand it. A great way to learn about science and to learn to love science.