Baby Loves Angular Momentum on Hanukkah!
Ruth Spiro, author
Ruth Spiro is the author of the best-selling Baby Loves Science series, which has been praised for introducing "big science to little minds with the skill of a neurosurgeon" (Matthew Winner, "All the Wonders" podcast). Ruth also wrote the picture book Made by Maxine. She speaks regularly at STEM and early-childhood conferences across the country.
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Irene Chan, illustrator
Irene Chan is the illustrator of the beloved and best-selling Baby Loves Science series, as well as the picture book Finding Kindness. She is also an art director, designer, artist, and amateur photographer.
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After a brief explanation of the holiday of Hanukkah, simple text explains that torque makes the dreidel spin and that the spinning dreidel has angular momentum. "That means it spins and spins instead of falling over. The spinning dreidel hits tiny molecules in the air. That creates friction. The point of the dreidel rubs against the table. That creates friction, too. Friction slows the dreidel down. As the dreidel spins slower, it loses angular momentum. Gravity makes it tilt and wobble. Gravity pulls the dreidel down. Clunk!" The book continues with the rules of the game and other ways that families celebrate the holiday, ending with: "Not all Baby's friends celebrate Hanukkah. . . but they can spin the dreidel. Baby loves Hanukkah!" Adorable, vibrant cartoon illustrations feature round-faced and wide-eyed toddlers with various skin and hair colors though "Baby" is white and sports a blue kippah. Green energy, coding, quantum physics, and thermodynamics are just some of the topics addressed in this cute, accessible "Baby Loves Science" board book series that will also include Baby Loves Electrical Engineering on Christmas! and Baby Loves Photosynthesis on St. Patrick's Day!. Here's hoping that more Jewish holidays will be added in the future!
ISBN: 978-1-63289-977-4 EPUB
Page count: 20
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