My head spins each time I read Seeing Science, An Illustrated Guide to the Wonders of the Universe by Iris Gottlieb $32.95, Raincoast Books, Chronicle Books).

But because my 10-year-old son loves science, we were, for a while there, reading a chapter of this book each night before bed.

He was quite content to listen as I read Evolution Part 1 and continue the debate about what came first, the chicken or the egg.

While the illustrations aren’t my favourite, I certainly like the content it was illustrating including how genetically similar we are to various creatures (73 per cent of a zebra fish and 88 per cent to a mouse) or all the creatures we have killed by sending them into space.

While the book is illustrated to help you understand the content, the information is still complex. In several chapters I read the information, stumbled over unfamiliar words, and then had to explain to my son, in non-science speak, what the author was actually talking about. Hence, head spinning.

Each topic has a double page spread to explain its concept and show it in illustrations. There is lots of white space and not a lot of copy. I like the font, but I am not convinced it should have been all in upper case letters.

There are three parts: Life Science, Earth Science and Physical Science with topics such as Yeasts, Amoebae, Pirons and Rabies, four weird but possible ways to die; Whale Falls: Death that creates an ecosystem; and How Food is Preserved, Eight ways to eat fish later.

A copy of this book was provided by Raincoast Books for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.

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