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For G1-3 students

Continuing last month’s theme of “Natural Sciences,” we have book recommendations for upper elementary students and above. These three books will immerse you in the world of the natural sciences so deeply that you’ll lose track of time.

“Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species” by Sabina Radeva

Organisms have been evolving for millions of years. British naturalist Charles Darwin traveled around the world aboard The Beagle, seeking to understand the vast diversity of species that inhabit our planet. After researching for 20 years, in 1859, he unveiled his groundbreaking work, “On The Origin of Species.'' As long as the cycle of life continues, humans, as well as other animals and plants, will continue to adapt and evolve on this incredible planet. This scientific picture book beautifully reimagines Darwin’s revolutionary work with engaging illustrations and accessible prose. 

“The Sense of Wonder” by Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson was an American marine biologist and author. This was the last book she wrote. The phrase “sense of wonder,” used as the title, has been translated to “the sensibility to notice mystery and wonder.” Carson shares her experiences with nature alongside her “nephew Roger” (though he was actually her niece’s son). Rich with vivid descriptions of plants and the splendors of nature, Carson emphasizes that even if adults possess limited knowledge of nature, the simple acts of exploring with a child or looking up at the sky can be profoundly rewarding. As we transition into autumn, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and nature. We should treasure the moments we spend in nature. 

“Tokitakunaru Suugaku” by Masahiko Sato 

From the production team behind the well-known NHK Educational TV program “Pythagora Switch” comes an innovative math book like no other. Regardless of your mathematical prowess, you will be captivated by the 23 questions presented in this book, accompanied by striking photos and graphics. It’s a must-have for parents or guardians eager to share the joy of problem-solving with their children. Here’s a teaser: “Imagine a cuboid chocolate cake with a rectangular white plate on top. How would you cut the cake and plate exactly in half by making one straight cut from the top with a knife? Note: The plate is not centered on the cake. 

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