Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder
Adventures in Science Round the Kitchen Table
Alom Shah & Emily Robertson
Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder are inspired by this science teacher’s love for his subject. Thereafter, he created a book of activities that offer opportunities to ‘look, ask, play.‘ His experiments demand demonstration ‘to elicit joy, wonder and most importantly curiosity.’
The book focuses upon motion, sound, electricity, magnetism and light, atoms, and living things. Each section includes experiments that seek to explain the specific science. For example, within the motion section, readers are invited to create a crisp-tin catapult. We collect ingredients, follow a method, consider additional questions, hypothesise and realise the explanation. It means that the process follows a traditional science experiment. Furthermore the setting out and pictures help us to understand the activity and purpose.
One of the experiments within the atoms’ section considers the effect of adding or removing certain baking ingredients. Although this may appear to be time- consuming, the science is fascinating! Furthermore, there is something in the cause and effect of this that is real. Thereafter, each of Mr Shaha’s experiments is applicable to our lives. It seems like he seeks us to be more aware of our world, even down to the small things.
I have read Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder twice. It makes me wish I’d had this title when I was teaching. Furthermore, it is destined to be shared with our family scientist who complains about the dearth of straightforward, positive science books. Bookwagon is proud to share the wonder with this scientist!