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Greg makes fascinating discoveries about things he finds at home when he looks at them through his new microscope. ‘An accurate and entertaining book for beginning independent readers.' 'BL....

Title : Greg's Microscope
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ISBN : 9780064441445
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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Greg's Microscope Reviews

  • Momninja
    2019-06-19 10:01

    Cute enough book, but obviously it was published in the early 1960s. The sexism is rampant and eye-roll inducing.

  • Karen
    2019-05-23 05:12

    I so want a microscope now!!!! Kids said it would be nice to look through once in a while but they wouldn't use it all the time.

  • Kitty
    2019-06-05 05:13

    This is a great intro to the microscope. And it's just a fun book. The toddler boy doesn't even know what a microscope IS and he loves this book. We'll definitely be coming back to this one.

  • Cosette
    2019-06-15 05:09

    This was a pleasure to read.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2019-06-14 04:11

    This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.Fifty years ago, long before Common Core and STEM became buzzwords amongst educators, librarians, and children's literature experts, there were the Science I Can Read books. These were books for early elementary readers written by Millicent Selsam and illustrated by Arnold Lobel, which used stories to illustrate and explain simple scientific concepts. At a recent used book sale, my husband found a copy of Greg's Microscope, which we decided to add to our family collection, mostly because I love Lobel, but also because we are fans of the classic I Can Read Books. It is the story of a boy named Greg who decides he wants a microscope after seeing one at a friend's house. His father agrees to get it for him, but tells him he needs to prepare his own slides using materials from around the house. Greg begins looking at everything - sugar, salt, dog hair, his own hair, and more - and soon his parents are as obsessed with the microscope as Greg is, prompting the family to question whether just one microscope is enough!Because of continual scientific advances, not all science books can stand the test of time. This one, however, seems like it is still a decent introduction to microscopes for the early elementary audience. Lobel adds much to the book with his sketches of each item Greg views under the microscope, which give kids who don't have access to expensive scientific tools the opportunity to learn what each of these things looks like when magnified. Because of the level of detail in the illustrations, the book also makes a perfect companion to a classroom lesson or library program where kids look into the microscope and record what they see. Reading the book as a group and repeating Greg's actions seems like the ideal STEM activity.Only one minor detail in this book bothered me. Greg's mother is portrayed as almost unbelievably clueless. She acts as though she has never heard the word "cell" before and just generally seems like she has no idea about the world outside of her home. While this is probably meant to empower the child reader - "Hey, I'm smarter than the grownups!" - it did make me roll my eyes, and it kept me from giving the book five stars. It won't, however, prevent me from adding it to my homeschool stash for when Miss Muffet is older.

  • Kate Chazin
    2019-06-19 07:02

    Greg really, really wanted a microscope. His friend Billy had one—couldn’t he have one too (pretty please)? When Greg’s dad finally bites the bullet and brings home a microscope, Greg couldn’t be more pleased. He searches the house for tiny things to look at. First, he tries salt , then salt dissolved in water, and finally salt crystals after the water evaporates. He tries it with sugar too, with similar results. He goes around the house looking at everything he can find—it’s all fascinating! When Mrs. Broom brings over her dog, the dog hair gets the microscope treatment. When mom is cooking dinner, he borrows a slice of onion. Nothing in the house is safe from Greg and his microscope! Finally, he starts to look at animal and human cells, and even some one-celled organisms. Greg cheekily ends the book telling his family that they’d better get more microscopes, so they can all use them! This book could not be more perfect to set up the perfect science lesson—with a few microscopes on hand, the results of the book could be easily replicated. The book’s close-ups of microscopic salt, sugar, and more provide teachers with the opportunity to discuss hypotheses (e.g., “I hypothesize that the sugar will look like it does here. What’s your hypothesis? How might it look the same or different?”), and then to test hypotheses through some hands-on learning! Though the use of a microscope may be too abstract for early learners, this would be a no-less interesting read-and-experiment for children of a wide range of abilities. Further, as a “Science I Can Read” book, this book is a great introductory text for early readers. The book is a bit on the too-long side for early readers, but what young child wouldn’t be THRILLED to be able to read the word “microscope”?

  • Nicola Mansfield
    2019-06-03 05:27

    This classic reader has been around since the sixties and pairs two frequent contributors to this series, Selsam who specialized in science books and the unequalled author/illustrator Arnold Lobel. Originally this book and a slew of others were in a sub-series called "An I Can Read Science Book"; most of these being by Millicent as well. As you can imagine most of those are outdated and no longer in print, however "Greg's Microscope" is a treasure in that it remains relevant fifties years after publication. Selsam gives us a lovely story of a boy who asks his dad for a microscope because his best friend has one. Over the next week or so Greg, along with his mother, father and the occasional visit from Billy, discover the microscopic world. The science is kept to a basic level about cells and the illustrations show the views from the microscope. A charming, fun story that educates. A keeper for my collection.

  • J.
    2019-06-07 09:24

    Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 2.3 - AR Pts: 0.5Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-16 08:15

    This was a wonderful little book. Not only was it a great early reader that introduced some new vocabulary words, but it sparked an interest in our microscope and the types of things the kids could look at with it. I was impressed how well the illustrations matched real life.

  • Cornelius
    2019-06-16 10:08

    For kindergarten children, this is an excellent book to explain to children what a microscope is and the uses for a microscope. The children we go on an adventure with Greg as he looks it numerous things underneath his microscope.

  • Belinda
    2019-05-25 04:12

    This book was given to my daughter Sarah when my mother gave her a microscope and slides. She enjoyed the book very much and began to look at everything possible under the microscope. That was six years ago and we've since graduated to a more powerful microscope for high school.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-26 07:24

    We brought back from MIL's house my husband's telescope and microscope. Ds is eager to use the microscope, so this book was a great introduction.

  • Mariah
    2019-05-21 09:03

    This is a cute, little book!

  • Bethany
    2019-05-25 06:18

    I'm pretty sure this book is the reason I went to college to become a scientist :)

  • Paul
    2019-06-13 05:22

    Greg wanted a microscope because his friend had one. His father got him and he looked at salt crystals through it. I really liked it.

  • Matthew
    2019-06-05 03:14

    This is an excellent I Can Read Book. It explains and shows salt, sugar, and hair under a microscope.

  • Nichole
    2019-05-25 08:24

    My son wanted a microscope after reading this. He read his on his own, age 8.

  • Hannah
    2019-06-08 06:21

    A celebration of scientific curiosity that makes me want to own a microscope.

  • Lev Abrasha
    2019-06-01 05:15

    i gave it 5 stars 54321 blast off the end

  • Kathy
    2019-06-02 08:24

    This is a great level 3 reader. A boys gets a microscope and looks at everything he can think of under it.

  • Marni
    2019-05-26 11:18

    Great library find. Fun to read about Greg's microscope and the things he discovered looking through it.

  • Katie
    2019-06-10 11:24

    Nathan, Book-It October 2012