Summary of Newton and Me:
It is Saturday morning. A young boy is awakened by his playful dog, Newton. They decide to spend their day playing and exploring outside. Together, they demonstrate simple experiments in force and motion. For instance, they roll a ball on different surfaces/areas and observe differences in speed and pathway. Next, they throw the ball up in the air at different forces. The duo, also, try pushing and pulling experiments with toy and full-size trucks as well as a wagon, a bike, and a rope. As the day comes to a close, the boy realizes:
Playing with Newton gave me the notion
that pushing and pulling are forces of motion.
Newton and Me is the perfect combination of realistic fiction and scientific facts. The young boy conducts experiments using everyday items in common activities. Through his observations, he is able to draw scientific conclusions. This book is ideal to induce experimentation and curiosity or to introduce a unit or lesson on force and motion. The bright colorful pictures (by Sherry Rogers) with the smooth, rhyming text (by Lynne Mayer) will captivate young readers.