Bet You Can't! by Vicki Cobb
Science Impossibilities to Fool You

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A collection of simple science tricks put in the form of bets that look easy to perform but prove impossible, demonstrating particular scientific principles that make them work in clear and precise terms. This book is the winner of the New York Academy of Science's Children's Science Book Award.
 

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Vicki Cobb is the author of many award-winning science books for young people. With degrees from Barnard College and Columbia University Teachers College, Vicki enjoyed an early career as a science teacher. She now devotes all her time to writing and speaking to teachers, children, and librarians all over the country. She frequently writes for the Huffington Post and is also the founder and president of iNK Think Tank, an organization dedicated to getting high-quality nonfiction books into classrooms. To find out what recent science experiment Vicki has been cooking up, visit her online at www.vickicobb.com. In Her Own Words..."Kathy and Tara Darling collaborate on children's books that focus on rare and endangered wildlife. To their knowledge, they are the world's only mother/daughter wildlife writer/photographer team."Although they are mother and daughter, they work as equal partners. Tara explains, "We complement each other. I see in photographic images and Mother sees in word pictures. These two different views grow together as we work on a project, until the words and photos blend into one single statement.""The Darlings studied the manatees of Crystal River, Florida, over a period of two years as they prepared Manatee: On Location, the first book in the prize-winning On Location series. The arctic wilderness of Round Island, Alaska, the site of their second book for Lothrop, Walrus: On Location, tested togetherness as they sat in a tiny wet tent and waited out violent storms. There were scary moments in Belize when Kathy was attacked by a vampire bat and in Australia when Tara had the seat of her pants ripped out by a sea lion bull. But, they write, "we think making young people aware of the danger the animals are in more than outweighs any danger we might face. We care, and we hope through our words and pictures that we will get young people to care too. Maybe some will even care enough to choose this career for themselves.""Together, the Darlings have done twenty books about animals as exotic as Tasmanian devils and as familiar as dogs. Kathy Darling has written scores of books. Her subjects have ranged from the animals she writes about in her books with Tara to the experiments in chemistry and physics she writes about with Vicki Cobb in Wanna Bet?, Bet You Can!, and Bet You Can't!. Her interest in science began as a child, and in college she majored in biology. In addition to being a writer, Mrs. Darling has been a children's book editor, a publicist, and a syndicated newspaper columnist."Tara Darling studied marine biology at Boston University and worked with penguins and otters at the New England Aquarium. After several years of doing TV research in a New York office, she realized that capturing the lives of endangered animals on film was work that was infinitely more rewarding to her. A member of the Professional Photographers of America, her credits include a CD-ROM about dogs, as well as numerous magazine covers. Martha Weston was born in North Carolina in 1947 and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan and after graduation, moved to San Francisco. Once there, she earned a living by doing freelance work on paste ups, animation ink and paint and illustration. The first book Weston illustrated was I Hate Mathematics in 1975. The first book she wrote and illustrated was Peony's Rainbow which was published in 1981. Since then, Weston has illustrated the Nate the Great Series of stories from Delacorte Press, as well as the Curious George Series for Houghton Mifflin. Over the course of her career, Weston has illustrated over 60 books for children, 11 of which she also wrote. In may of 2003 she published her first children's novel, Act I, Act II, Act Normal. One of the things that made Weston so unique among illustrators was that she was colorblind. She managed to work around that by carefully labeling her paints and having her colleagues check her work. Martha West died September 4, 2003 of heart disease. She was 56 years old.
 
Published April 1, 1980 by William Morrow & Co. 128 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Computers & Technology, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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