While at play with his dog, Newton, a young boy discovers the laws of force and motion in his everyday activities. Told in rhyme, Lynne Mayer's Newton and Me follows these best friends on an adventure as they apply physics to throwing a ball, pulling a wagon, riding a bike, and much more. With the help of Sherry Rogers' playful illustrations, children will learn that physics is a part of their world. They will realize that Newton's Laws of Motion describe experiences they have every day, and they will recognize how forces affect the objects around them.
Written by Lynne Mayer Illustrated by Sherry Rogers
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-8, Grades PK-3 Lexile: AD 600, AR: 2.7, RC: 2.4, F&P: M
Keywords: force and motion, rhyme, force and motion, Newton, Newton's Laws of Motion
Animals in the book: dog
Vetters: Thanks to Dr. Sigmund Abeles (CT) and Marilyn Cook, teacher and editor of Texas Council of Elementary Science's newsletter, for verifying the accuracy of the information in this book.
Force and Motion Simulations: Basics PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder, https://phet.colorado.edu
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"Newton and Me, by Lynne Mayer, has captivated the hearts of both my 4 and 2 year old and has been requested several times a day! With bright and colorful illustrations that include a boy and his dog, Newton, it has a great start. It gets even better as it explores the laws of force and motion in everyday activities like dropping a ball, pulling a wagon (empty and full), and the wind blowing. Though the book's focus is on a serious science topic, even a toddler can understand pushing and pulling!" -Live, Laugh, Love
"I liked this story because it is fun and teaches children about the forces of motion in everyday things. I highly recommend Newton and Me because you can reuse this story for any child from 4 to 8. If you buy this book you can use it for your child and then someday they may use it for their child and so on. This story is an exciting way to show the laws of force and motion, and how you can find the laws in everyday things." -Natalie Brady
"This entertainingly written, cleverly illustrated rhyming book gets young minds thinking about something that impacts every moment of our existence - the laws of physics, specifically, Newton's laws of motion. It sounds heady, but the author and illustrator keep it simple, natural, and fun by showing a day in the life of a young boy and his dog, Newton. Balls are pushed." -TillyWig Toy Award
Lynne Mayer (Newton and Me) grew up in Palos Park, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois where she obtained her degree in computer science/math and developed her love of puzzles and educational reading. She is currently an adjunct instructor of computer science at Elgin Community College. The college has provided Lynne with the opportunity to travel to exotic places. She has visited the Amazon jungle in Peru as well as the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Often inspired by the outdoors, she will be returning to the jungle in June 2009 for her third visit. Now that her children are grown, Lynne is finally pursuing her dream of writing educational children's books.