Melvin & Muffin Books
Melvin & Muffin: Physics on the Playground (Exploring Newton's 3rd Law)
This is the first in a series of STEM/STEAM (STEM + the arts) picture books for children.
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This is a delightful story of two pets that help Emma, their human, understand Newton's Third Law of Motion. This is one of the best written books I have read that explains action and reaction. It promotes science inquiry, science literacy and science curiosity. It is factual, standards-based, and grade appropriate. While it is written for 3rd graders, it can be used to introduce, engage and review the laws of motion across elementary grade levels. I loved meeting Muffin and Melvin and can't wait to see their future adventures as they help their human in understanding real-life applications of science.
~Dr. L. Octavia Tripp,
Former Middle Grade Science Teacher Grades 4-8
Former NASA Urban and Rural Community Enrichment Program (URCEP) Program Coordinator,
NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC and
Currently an Associate Professor of Elementary Science Education at Auburn University