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How does magic in J. K. Rowling’s universe work? Finally, the scientific secrets are revealed!

The story of the boy who lived has brought the idea of magic and sorcery into mainstream fruition more than any other book series in history. Modern muggle scientists have uncovered explanations to the seemingly impossible, including answers to such questions as:

Will we ever see an invisibility cloak?
How hazardous is a flying broomstick like the Nimbus 2000?
How has medicine made powerful potions from peculiar plants? (Felix Felicis, anyone?)
Can scientists ever demonstrate Wingardium Leviosa, or the flying power of a Golden Snitch?
Is it possible to stupefy someone?
And many more!

Often perceived as a supernatural force, magic captivates and delights its audience because of its seeming ability to defy physics and logic. But did you ever wonder if science has any explanation for these fantastic feats?

The Science of Harry Potter examines the scientific principles—behind some of your favorite characters, spells, items, scenes, and even games like Quidditch and Wizard’s Chess—from boy wizard Harry Potter’s world, providing in-depth analysis and scientific facts to support its theories. Author Mark Brake, whose The Science of Star Wars was a knockout success, has found the answers to satisfy the curious spirits of muggles everywhere…

A perfect Harry Potter gift for anyone obsessed enough to stand in line to be the first to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, witches and wizards alike will be fascinated by the merging of this improbable realm and real science!
MUMMY NATURE series – nurturing children's curiosity

  Book 1 - Meet Bacteria!
  Book 2 - Bees Like Flowers
  Book 3 - Travelling Seeds

LEVEL: Preschool - 6yrs

An ideal resource for the home or classroom.  Each book in the series is one mini nature lesson wrapped up in colour and rhyme. These books are intended for very young children including toddlers and will give them just a glimpse into some of the wonders of the natural world.  Illustrated for maximum vibrancy and visual impact, using rhyme to engage young minds and encourage participation.  Read the rhymes to your children and soon they will be reading them to you!

The narrator is a small child and keen observer who tells us in short rhyming phrases everything she thinks we should know, and all about the magical things she sees around her. Sometimes she is camouflaged in the long grass and other times she has to climb a tree to get a better look.

Peek through the microscope and down into a fantastic world of teeny tiny shapes, amazing colours and little friends who want to say – Hello.  Who are these bacteria? Where do they live and what do they do all day?  Meet Bacteria! is for little kids brimming with curiosity.  It gives them their first basic notions of bacteria; a very interesting topic for children, seldom dealt with in children's books at this level.

What we can learn:
  The idea of the microscope
  Why we should wash our hands
  Basic bacteria shapes
  Some bacteria habitat
  new words:  Bacteria, Microscope, Rod, Chain, Bunch, Multiply

WORDS: 253

Watch our happy, helpful friend the Honey Bee, always so busy and buzzy and find out why bees and flowers are such good friends.  Illustrations using vivid colours include many real flower species which children may recognise from their garden or have seen growing in the wild, 3 of them are named at the end of the book too.  The narrator shows us what these fascinating bugs have been getting up to in her garden.

What we can learn:
  Simple ideas about the life of a bee  
  Bees are insects
  Some common flowers:  Daisy, Poppy, Sunflower
  new words: Insect, Pollen, Nectar, Hive, Honeycomb, Blossoms  

PAGES:  26
WORDS:  262

Discover how seeds travel from place to place. Our narrator excitedly tells us how she saw a pear fall from a tree in the meadow and how a cow came along and ate it. Then the seed began a journey.  Where would the seed end up?  Would it grow into a big tree with pears of its own?

Using the pear and cow example we can stimulate more questions about seed dispersal and, like all the books in MUMMY NATURE series, Travelling Seeds can be used as a jumping off point for discussion of other topics such as seed germination, plant parts or how plants animals and people interact in nature.  On the last page we can see more examples of ways that seeds can be spread.

What we can learn:
  How seeds of fruit can be spread when eaten by animals or people
  Other ways that seeds can be spread: by wind, by water, by sticking to travelling creatures
  Simple ideas about germination
  The cycle of: seed > plant > flower > fruit > seed  
  A cow stomach has 4 parts
  new words:  Germination, sprout, roots, seedling

PAGES:  24
WORDS:  283

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