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CTV Television Network, 1990. VHS cassette, 23:30, $195.00. (Wonder Why, 15).


CTV Television Network, 1990. VHS cassette, 23:30, $195.00. (Wonder Why, 14).
Distributed by CTV Program Sales, 42 Charles St. E., Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1T5.

Grades 3 to 6/Ages 8 to 11
Reviewed by Wendy Zwaal.

Volume 19 Number 3
1991 May

Part of the science series "Wonder Why," Flight and Electricity are both hosted by Richard Zurawski. These fast-paced videos feature both a question-and-answer format and segments featuring children.

Flight examines human attempts at flight: balloons, airplanes and rockets. The video features the historical devel­opment of both balloon flight and airplanes, and explains how all three types of flight work. A problem with this video stems from its inclusion of space flight as a topic. The explanation of rockets was both cursory and com­plex, and the video would have been more cohesive had rockets been omit­ted.

Electricity focuses on static and current electricity. The video explains what electricity is and how it is gener­ated. It also features how a light bulb works and what life was like without electricity.

Both videos present the information in short, interesting segments. Often segments are introduced by a "Feed­back" portion, in which children give their answers to a question. The videos also include interviews with experts, such as a pilot; "Let's make it" with Willy Wonder, in which a wing and turbine wheel are made; and an "Out and About" feature, which takes the viewer on a balloon ride.

Flight and Electricity are both in­formative and entertaining. The concepts discussed were both explained and demonstrated. As the coverage of the subjects is superficial, the videos would serve as a good introduction to their topics.


Wendy Zwaal, Newmarket Public Library, Newmarket, Ont.
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