The Fairy Tales of Science


Read by J. M. Smallheer

(4.3 stars; 23 reviews)

This book, written in the mid 19th century and illustrated by Charles H. Bennett, provides an entertaining introduction to topics in science for children. In each chapter, the author uses a popular myth or fairy tale to lay the groundwork for an equally fascinating "fairy tale of science" full of interesting facts and real life examples. (Summary by J. M. Smallheer) (8 hr 0 min)

Chapters

01 - The Age of Monsters 20:36 Read by J. M. Smallheer
02 - The Amber Spirit 19:07 Read by J. M. Smallheer
03 - The Four Elements 33:09 Read by J. M. Smallheer
04 - The Life of an Atom 18:01 Read by J. M. Smallheer
05 - A Little Bit 13:59 Read by J. M. Smallheer
06 - Modern Alchemy 18:08 Read by J. M. Smallheer
07 - The Magic of the Sunbeam 19:42 Read by J. M. Smallheer
08 - Two Eyes are Better than One 13:26 Read by J. M. Smallheer
09 - The Mermaid's Home 20:38 Read by J. M. Smallheer
10 - Animated Flowers 14:37 Read by J. M. Smallheer
11 - Metamorphoses 17:40 Read by J. M. Smallheer
12 - Water Bewitched 28:38 Read by J. M. Smallheer
13 - A Flight through Space 34:54 Read by J. M. Smallheer
14 - A Tale of a Comet 26:21 Read by J. M. Smallheer
15 - The Invisible World 21:58 Read by J. M. Smallheer
16 - Wonderful Plants 17:39 Read by J. M. Smallheer
17 - Moving Lands 15:39 Read by J. M. Smallheer
18 - The Gnomes 33:08 Read by J. M. Smallheer
19 - Pluto's Kingdom, Part 1 24:25 Read by J. M. Smallheer
20 - Pluto's Kingdom, Part 2 23:28 Read by J. M. Smallheer
21 - The Wonderful Lamp, Part 1 27:00 Read by J. M. Smallheer
22 - The Wonderful Lamp, Part 2 17:49 Read by J. M. Smallheer

Reviews

a very interesting books full of facts and information highly re


(5 stars)

A bit of charm, good intentions, and lists of facts


(3 stars)

At communicating complex science topics to children: FAIL. The mention of fairy tales in the title is quite misleading. There are no fairy tales as such and it is not, as I'd hoped, a scientific look at episodes or incidents found in fairy tales. He introduces a topic with the conceit of having a comet deliver a lecture on comets, or a dwarf on the topic or minerals and metals. And it has a certain charm. But then follows a dry lecture on whatever it is. And then the language is not adjusted for young minds. These days children are very much catered to (not a judgement, just a truth) and perhaps don't have the high intellectual standards as was expected of them in the 1850s (or whenever this was written), but when I hear "anomalous", I'm guessing this wasn't play-tested with seven-year-olds. I have a Master's Degree and have a (perhaps unhealthy) addiction to books, but a few of the words in this had ME scratching my head. At communicating complex science science topics to adults: D. I want to give it a C-, but I don't think I honestly can. For each topic, the author seemed to choose the least compelling way to present it to the lay public. For stars- magical, mystical stars- he gives us "There are this many stars of the first magnitude. There are this many stars of the second magnitude. There are this many stars of the third magnitude. There are this many stars of the fourth magnitude. There are..." Sporadically he remembers he's writing for children, and adds a little whimsy. But these bits seem like awkward asides, rather than lightening the lectures. Why three stars, then? The reader does a very good job. And I can feel in the writing that there is all the good will in the world in this work. He loves his topics, and sincerely wants to let us in on a good thing. He just doesn't know how.

awesome 😊


(5 stars)

this is a nice book with loving stories

Thank you


(5 stars)

Interesring book thar is well read.