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A comprehensive science reference book covering key topics from gravity, flight and floating to genes and DNA, with clearly written explanations and superb photographs and illustrations.

QR codes for each topic provide instant access via a mobile phone or tablet to over 180 video clips of experiments, animals in their habitats and animated lessons that enhance the information in the book.

Includes links to an additional 1000 recommended websites for further study and homework help via the Usborne Quicklinks website. With a glossary of 1,500 scientific terms, as well as key dates and biographies of scientists and inventors, and 140 simple experiments for children to try at home.

An exciting reference book that will stimulate children’s curiosity and inspire the scientists of the future.

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Book information

Key Stage
ISBN: 9781409582960
Extent: 448 pages
Dimensions: 240 x 188mm
ISBN: 9781409586128
Extent: 448 pages
Dimensions: 276 x 216mm

Author information

Kirsteen Robson

Kirsteen has been at Usborne since 1997, coming from a background in music, education, and religious publishing. In that time, she has written and edited over 300 titles, ranging from board books and flashcards to dictionaries and encyclopedias, on themes as diverse as chess, vampires, gerbils and microscopes. Most recently she has been busy writing practice, puzzle, sticker and activity books to engage, entertain and educate children at all ages and stages.

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Reader reviews

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“Not appropriate for children under 12 or 13”
We bought this book for our 9 year old son who loves science. Everything about the book was great except the pages on reproduction! Not a topic I think is appropriate for a 9 year old.
It's a super book
“Excellent Resource for teachers”
I love this book. The QR codes bring you directly to a YouTube page or website that connectd the contents of the Encyclopedia to a related video! The contents in the book are very helpful and provide many examples!

Press reviews

“A superb reference book, likely to encourage much happy browsing as well as to provide solid information to support school work... Text is clearly presented in short blocks, making it inviting to read and the information is conveyed clearly and succinctly.”


For links to specially selected websites with video clips and activities or a pronunciation guide for this book, visit the Usborne Quicklinks website.