Booklist—"The Investigate Materials series may not sound like the most exciting books on the shelf, but after reading this title, you might feel compelled to nominate nylon as the best thing ever. Using a reassuringly simple layout with white space so plentiful it feels like a cool breeze, the book proceeds with left-hand-page questions (“What does nylon look like?”) and right-hand-page answers (“It is smooth and shiny”). Step by step, the text follows the material through its origins to its eventual uses, which include thread, toothbrush bristles, umbrellas, and even hot-air balloons. The bright, well-placed photos intersperse curious kids in wacky poses with vivid shots of materials ranging from jet-black oil (that’s where nylon comes from) and extreme close-ups of knit fabrics. A glossary, here called “Challenge Words,” appears up front to prepare adults and kids for the interesting, well-presented info to follow."
Children's Literature Review—"A nylon kite of rainbow colors dances across the front cover of this book from the "Investigate Materials" series. In fact, kites of different colors preface the left-hand page of each double spread. A bevy of questions makes up the seven chapter titles on the contents page. The question words such as What, Where, How are highlighted in red for each chapter title thereby making them stand out for the reader. However, the main body text is what will pull in the readers. The pages are bright, colorful, and contain minimal, yet informative text. The questions of what nylon is, where it comes from, how it is made into fabric, what it looks like, how it feels, why we use it, and what you have that is made of nylon are all answered. The book is based on National Science Education Standards and uses scientific inquiry to help children discover characteristics that make nylon different from other fabrics. The fact that readers will know about many things made of nylon is a plus. This book and others in the series are well suited to being used as supplemental information in preschool and early primary grades."
Authorsresources.ca—". . .Each colorful book is 24 pages in length and is geared for the K-2 level of learners. The books in the series are titled ‘Investigate Materials’ and each takes a close look at an important material- cotton, nylon, silk and wool. The learners discover what the material is, where it comes from and how it is used. The repetition in the four books really helps young children to grasp the concept of inquiry and the important questions to ask and look for when investigating. The pictures are displayed in bright photographs that are sure to engage a young audience. I definitely recommend this fun, educational series of books for children."