For general information on the five Ginn science books, see Ginn science program—Intermediate A,

I only own (and have read) four of the five books in the series. This is one. It’s intended for the seventh grade, even though a sticker on the cover of my copy says it’s for the eighth grade. Asimov wrote the introduction. It consists of the following sections, with the ones written by Gallant marked with a (G). One difference between the Advanced Level books (for junior high school) and the Intermediate Level books (for elementary school upper grades) is that J. Myron Atkin is listed on the spine (but not the title page); Atkin was the general editor for the series.

  • How Do Plants Respond to Their Environments? (G)
  • From Parents to Offspring
  • How Solid is “Solid Earth”? (G)
  • The Senses and Digestion
  • The Species Change!
  • Finding and Following the Stars (G)
  • Woodlands as Webs of Life (G)
  • And What About Our Future Environment? An Essay

The quote on the cover is “I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them…” by Charles Darwin.

This book represents an enormous advance over the earlier volumes, and it has nothing to do with the writing. The fact is that the book is much better illustrated and much better typeset, with a better visual distinction between the various variety of text section. It’s amazing what a difference that makes. It has a sense of being better organized, it’s easier to follow, and it makes the whole thing much more useful and realistic to use as a textbook. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it, and I would actually approve even decades later for this book to be a part of my children’s curriculum.

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