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Lots of Rot

Science Safari S.

By (author) Vicki Cobb
Illustrated by Doffy Weir
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: A & C Black (Childrens books)
Published: 23rd Jun 1988
Dimensions: w 220mm h 220mm
Interest age: 6-10
Reading age: 6-8
ISBN-10: 0713629924
ISBN-13: 9780713629927
Barcode No: 9780713629927
This book attempts to explain why rotting is so important to our environment and looks at what would happen if there were no bacteria and fungi to make food, leaves and wood rot. Simple experiments include growing moulds on lemon and bread and burying different materials. This book is one of a series which aims to encourage young children to look closely at their surroundings, ask questions about their discoveries and try simple experiments to find out how and why things happen.

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What makes the bluegreen spots on lemon peels, the shiny bumps on old potato slices, the smelly specks on damp dirty socks? Mold, bacteria, and mildew respectively, explains Cobb, in this very simple introduction that capitalizes on kids' natural attraction to "yuk" (who can resist the title?) and turns it into scientific curiosity. Cobb suggests some simple experiments with food and socks and other materials, along with some poking about in the woods to find "completely rotten stuff." She shows rot to be "part, of the circle of living things" and emphasizes that only living or once-living material is biodegradable and thus subject to rot - but then, without clearing up or even recognizing possible confusion, lists plastics among the "favorite food" of mildew. Some explanation seems called for, but otherwise Cobb does a good job with a great idea. Cartoon-illustrated with the requisite zip but little individuality. (Kirkus Reviews)