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Explore the functions of levers, wheels, and pulleys, and learn how to lift a lion, pull a panda, and deliver a basket of bananas to a baboon birthday party!...

Title : How Do You Lift a Lion?
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ISBN : 9780807534212
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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How Do You Lift a Lion? Reviews

  • Megan
    2019-03-17 11:58

    Publishers of nonfiction for children please note: a lot more people would read nonfiction if it was. . . better! Take a look at this book, that manages to convey complex ideas about simple machines in a highly imaginative way, but does not talk down to the reader. For sure the dense language and concepts take some unpacking with children, but the idea of lifting a lion or ten, or a panda on a pallet engages many for whom this content would otherwise remain abstract. In my Primary Years Program IB school, I've read this several times with Year 3/4 students as part of a simple machines inquiry and students later collaborate to make machines capable of lifting a pumpkin. How I would love captivating nonfiction/creative nonfiction texts for all such inquiries.

  • Laura (Book Scrounger)
    2019-03-14 19:54

    This is probably my favorite of the four titles we've read from the Wells of Knowledge series. It is basically an introduction to physics, and covers some of the simple machines, as well as forces they interact with such as gravity and friction. The illustrations are amusing too -- at the end, the children use pulleys to deliver a "big basket of bananas to a baboon birthday party."

  • Vanessa Westen
    2019-02-28 16:53

    This book is a fun book that teaches students about simple machines in a way they will understand.

  • Gen
    2019-03-08 11:59

    This is a fantastic book to introduce children to the world of physics. How Do You Lift a Lion? answers the question of how to move heavy objects by introducing machines: pulleys, wheels, and levers and the concept of weight, motion, gravity, and force. The children will gain a basic idea of what physics is and how it works. Since the book relates the topic of physics to fun animals, the kids will get a more enjoyable read out of it. I mean, what kind of child doesn't like or isn't curious about animals? Although the text was relatively easy to understand, the illustrations definitely aid to its meaning. The pictures are silly, colorful, and funny. The book also has a glossary in the back, so that is a definite bonus. I recommend How Do You Lift a Lion? for kindergarteners-3rd graders.

  • Lauren Derosa
    2019-03-01 13:38

    “How Do You Lift a Lion” by Robert E. Wells is a great book to teach young children about physics. I think it is a great idea to use animals to teach math like this because it is an element that children will always love and have in common with others. I think that this book does a very good job at introducing the basics for physics which can be very helpful to young children who haven’t yet heard of physics yet but are just getting an idea of what it is. This book does a great job of giving them examples, which is a very clever way to teach. I can definitely see myself using this book in my own classroom when I become a teacher because it teaches in a way that I could make lesson plans based on the book to teach my students an introduction to physics.

  • ESF Tsing Yi
    2019-03-03 13:50

    Another great question book from the wonderful Wells of Knowledge Science series by Robert Wells, and a nice companion read to What's Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah?. This book deals with the more complex scientific areas of gravity, levers and pulleys, but is still both diverting and entertaining.

  • Nichole
    2019-03-06 14:36

    My son and I read this book as a part of Sonlight's P4/5 curriculum. This is an excellent introduction to physics for preschoolers. My son greatly enjoyed all the animals in the book; it really helped keep him engaged in the subject matter. There is a lot of science terminology used in the explanations, which is wonderful. Even if my son doesn't remember all of it, I'm glad he is getting early exposure to the terms and concepts. Even I found the book to be informative and engaging, like all of Wells' books. I highly recommend this for all ages.

  • ABC
    2019-02-27 14:32

    This book explains machines with wonderful illustrations. The text was a little difficult for my six year old--words like "fulcrum". First it shows a lion being lifted using a lever.Second it shows a panda being pulled on a pallet using wheels. (Downhill allows you to go even faster.)Third it shows lifting bananas into a tree to a baboon party using two pulleys. I would love to know if this could really be accomplished by two kids!!!!

  • Heather
    2019-03-25 13:54

    We've read this a few times over the years and pulled it out again for physics. This gives a very simple explanation of simple machines (levers, pulleys, wheels). The kids enjoyed the silly pictures and I thought the pictures did a good job illustrating the concept being discussed. The book works well for the younger grades but really needs some hands-on activities. A good choice, but make sure to add on with experiments.

  • Alisa
    2019-03-19 13:33

    This was the PERFECT book for helping our 5 and 7 year old understand simple machines at a level they comprehend. we really enjoyed the silly animal pictures and situations used to describe levers, pulleys, and wheels. Of course, nothing replaces actually building and using a simple machine, but it definitely enhanced our homeschooling activities.

  • James Vickery
    2019-03-16 17:37

    This book is on a fourth grade level. It is in the fourth grade that students start to look into the make-up of a simple machine. This book helps the reader to understand the concept of force, motion, and weight in terms of simple machines. This book also does a good job by pointing out the direction in which the force travels.

  • Maleigha
    2019-03-24 15:51

    Students will explore the functions of gravity, leverage, friction, and pulleys as they read. The theories of physics are introduced to young learners through the reader’s interest in animals. This is a clever book that keeps students questioning science. Such a cute book to keep the students engaged and listening.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-13 13:49

    Read this to my 5 year old to explain simple machines. The author does a great job at breaking down the parts of each simple machine (pulley, lever, wheel) and explaining how they work!

  • Lydia Smith
    2019-03-05 18:36

    Cute book to get kids thinking about basics of levers, wheels, and pulleys.

  • Min Huang
    2019-02-23 14:33

    Great book for explaining some simply physics to children. Educational but yet fun to read. Highly recommended.

  • Alicia
    2019-03-25 11:46

    I like this book for the same reasons I have states I like the other Robert E. Wells books. It is just great.

  • Gina Starling
    2019-02-26 12:31

    Grades 2-4Introducing students to simple explanations of pulleys, levers, and,wheels, while the characters try to lift a panda and a lion.

  • A Reader
    2019-03-06 19:53

    It was a really good book how do you lift a loin was really funny and helped me learn about simple machines.Taylor (7/12/2012)age8

  • Melissa
    2019-02-24 16:49

    This series is an absolute favorite in our home. Robert Wells makes topics so understandable for kids and presents them in a fun way.

  • Kimberly Harris
    2019-03-06 17:49

    Easy to understand read for kids that introduces concepts such as gravity, friction, and simple machines (pulleys, wheels, levers).

  • Ebookwormy1
    2019-03-05 18:51

    Simple machines, gravity and friction are covered in a fun style. Basic enough for preschoolers, yet informative enough for older children and adults to enjoy. A home school essential.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-19 18:54

    A gentle introduction to simple machines. Great and simple way to 'do' science with littles. My children love finding the mouse on each page and enjoy the illustrations.

  • Megan
    2019-03-05 12:56


  • Kimberly
    2019-03-20 19:49

    Simplifies simple machines with animal examples.

  • Emmie
    2019-03-05 13:51

    This is a good intro to simple machines. We enjoyed this for my 4-year-old's preschool science lesson one day.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-07 18:00

    Explains simple machines using colorful pictures and basic terms that young children can understand.