December 16, 2009

My Light by Molly Bang

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My Light (AR 3 .0 )

by Molly Bang

Blue Sky Press

One of the requirements for the Engineer Badge in Webelos is that the boys understand and be able to explain how electricity is generated.  That’s a tough call when many of the leaders don’t have a deep understanding of the topic.  If you don’t fully understand it, how do you explain it to the boys?

Fortunately, Molly Bang has solved the problem.  Told from the perspective of the Sun, My Light discusses how the starlight is sunlight which is energy.   Energy collects in rainfall, in wind and even in plants that became coal and oil.  Water and wind can drive turbines which then produce electrical power which is collected and transmitted to towns and cities.

There’s more to Bang’s text than that but that is enough for you to see where she is coming from.  Her straightforward illustrations show how a dam holds back water, allowing only a controlled amount through to run the turbines, how leaves look and work at the cellular level and how rivers collect water across vast distances.  In short, Bang does an excellent job of making such a complicated topic understandable.

Worried that your slightly older reader might object to the picture book format?  Not one of seven boys said a word about it.  The word “dam” was another situation altogether.

If you plan to use this book with Scouts or your class or simply want to know a bit more about the topic than is in Bang’s book, check out the expanded write-up on her site.


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