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I Heard a Sound

David J. Ward, Eric Comstock (Illustrator)


List Price: 18.99*
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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/5/2022)


Learn the science of sound with easy experiments and examples from everyday life.

Crickets, clarinets, and vocal chords. All vibrate. All make sound.

Here is science learning at it's best: a kid-friendly, accessible text, with bold, retro-styled illustrations, and hands-on experiments you can try at home!

Using everyday items like straws, balloons, rulers, and wax paper, readers can:

    See how sound can pass through a string
    Use four straws to hear high and low sounds
    Show how vocal chords work
    Use wax paper to see sound vibrate
    Learn how sound waves work

And much more!

A glossary is included in the back of the book.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Praise For I Heard a Sound

"Bright, eye-catching digital illustrations provide the first signs of a stimulating adventure. Ward delivers on this promise but also offers a solid and informative introduction to one of the five senses, as readers/listeners are asked to notice, investigate, and learn about sound. . . . Imagine this sound—the vibration from two hands quickly clapping: bravo!"The Horn Book
"Ideas for experiments abound in this picture book that speaks directly to readers and explains the science of sound. . . . A useful resource for everyday science lessons. Recommended for classroom use and school and public ­libraries."—School Library Journal

Holiday House, 9780823437047, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 28, 2020

About the Author

David J. Ward entered college to study radio and television but quickly found his true passion was science. He finished with a master's degree in geology. After working as a geologist for seven years, David became a high school science teacher and has been teaching ever since. The classes he teaches are physics, astronomy, geology, and earth science. David lives in Colorado with his wife and two boys. He like to play basketball, hike in the mountains, and play bass guitar.

Eric Comstock was encouraged to pursue a career in the arts after taking an illustration class in college. After working in advertising for 11 years, he shifted gears and took up freelance illustration. Eric is inspired by music, and his passion for children's books grew from their colorful expression, which reminded him of music on the page. He collects old jazz albums to open up his creative pathways and stir up new ideas. Eric lives in Austin, TX where he and his wife, who is also an artist, work together while raising four kids and one dog.