About the Author
Lynne Mayer (Newton and Me, Spring 2010) 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.
Newton’s laws of gravity and motion are at the center of this rhyming picture book that brings physics to a young audience in a lively story about a boy playing with his dog. The bright, unframed double-page spreads show the boy throwing a ball ( No matter how hard I throw the ball up / It would always come down to me and my pup ), pushing a truck (on a flat surface and then speeding downhill), pulling a wagon(first empty, then piled with rocks), and pedaling a bike (uphill, then downhill, into the wind, against the wind). The clear back matter offers more about Newton and includes study questions for kids to discuss with adults about how Newton’s discoveries relate to everyday life. The story’s lessons, drawn from simple, obvious facts ( Something won’t move unless a force makes it move), give science the excitement of magic.
Mayer and Rogers use cheery couplets and artwork to explore the laws of physics via a boy’s activities with his dog, Newton. No matter how hard I would throw the ball up,/ it would always come down to me and my pup. The boy observes that his wagon is easier to pull when empty, that it’s easier to bike with the wind at his back than against it, and that playing with Newton gave me the notion/ that pushing and pulling are forces of motion. Educational materials at the end help make the concepts more concrete. Ages 4 8.
The Midwest Book Review:
Newton and Me; is a great story about a boy and his dog named Newton who discover the laws of physics (force and motion) in his everyday play activities. Narrated in verse, Newton and Me; demonstrates all the major laws of force and motion in terms any kid will understand and relate to. Following up the story is a section titled For Creative Minds that includes a listing of the related concepts and questions in colored paragraph boxes. Further learning activities pages include Matching Forces, Who was Newton? and Newton’s Laws of Motion. Bright, cheery clearly detailed illustrations flesh out the educational appeal of;Newton and Me; for children ages 4-8. Further resources are available in Related Websites, Interactive Math, Reading, and Comprehension Quizzes, and Teaching Activities on Arbordale Publishing’s website, listed above.