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Everything in the Universe is made up of just 118 chemical elements, all of which are listed in the Periodic Table. Lift the flaps in this informative book and discover which elements are crucial to life, which are smelly, explosive or radioactive and lots more. An essential introduction to the building blocks of chemistry, with over 125 flaps.

  • Author Alice James explains how she turned all the elements in the Periodic Table into characters on the Usborne blog

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Book information

Key Stage
ISBN: 9781474922661
Extent: 16 pages
Dimensions: 276 x 216mm
Shaw Nielsen

Author information

Alice James

Alice James joined Usborne in 2015, after several years of working in primary schools. She absolutely loves science, and over the years has lived with chimps, spent a month in the rainforest, studied Biology at Oxford University, and grown 200 carnivorous plants (not necessarily in that order). Whilst at Usborne Alice has worked on books on all kinds of science topics, from space to energy to the periodic table.


Chinese Chemical Society Best Science Books 2019

Chosen for the Chinese Chemical Society's list of Excellent Popular Science Books for the International Year of the Periodic Table.

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“Wonderful book!”
My 5-year-old daughter LOVES this book. It's just the right mixture of personality-filled cartoon characters and concrete physical facts to capture her interest. She asks for it for her bedtime reading most days and has had us "sing" the periodic table to her so many times that she now knows it by heart up to lanthanum. She peppers us with questions about what things are made of and why they have the properties they have. This book has opened up a world of fun science conversations for our family. Thank you to the creators for the wonderful book!
“Great book”
My 5 year old son loves this book, we have both learned so much. Wish I had been given this book when I started learning chemistry at secondary school so much easier to understand than a regular chemistry textbook.


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