Friday, April 10, 2015

Review + Giveaway! JJ's Science Adventure - Magnets

Science was a very big part of our homeschool journey at home when Dumpling was a preschooler. As a young girl, I was always intrigued about how things work. It is with this same curiosity that I got Dumpling onto the same path as we would read up about life sciences, conduct experiments and where I would teach her to ask questions and discuss hypothesis.

Aurelia Tan is an ex-educator who has taught Science for more than 15 years where she has observed that children acquire information differently based on their learning styles. Hence Aurelia's Comics for Education (ACE) was 'born' where it uses stories to engage young readers to learn about science through their adventures. 

:: The Story
JJ's Science Adventure - Magnets is Aurelia's first book which she took 2 years to complete. Mapping back to the MOE syllabus, the story is set in a Science fiction fantasy where Jonathon and Joyce, a pair of siblings, are the 2 main characters.

It was Jonathon's and Joyce's birthdays and their grandfather Professor Tan, a Scientist, invited them to his laboratory where he has prepared their presents. Mr. Sinister, a villain, stole a box - World Maker before the siblings arrived who, in a twist of fate, accidentally claimed it back. They soon discovered that one of the bags which their grandfather gave, transforms into a robot while the other is a portal bag. With a ‘key’, the twins entered through a portal into a different realm and that started their adventure into ‘World of Magnet'.

:: The Learning
Dumpling read the book in one seating and she was able to discuss properties of magnets after the book. The concepts were clearly explained through the plots like how ‘like’ magnets repel and ‘unlike’ magnets attract.

What I also enjoyed was how knowledge was also infused into the story line using real examples such as how the MagLev in Japan uses magnetic repulsion to reduce friction. :)

Another example was the use of magnetic stripes in our key cards as well as some credit cards. The information is brought down to a level where children are able to understand easily.

:: The Illustration
Unlike the other stories Dumpling has read, this story is depicted in a comic form. Though there were more complex properties being explained, the illustrations were useful as they were easily understood.

There were humourous moments too which had Dumpling giggling as the expressions on Joyce’s and Jonathon’s faces. 

Some dialogue also cracked her up.

This book is a really easy read and informative if you wish to introduce Science to your children. And here's the exciting part!

I have not 1 but 3 autographed copies of JJ's Science Adventure - Magnets (with a personalised message) worth a total of more than $50 to give away!

Earn credits using Rafflecopter below: 

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:: Terms and Conditions:
- This giveaway is for families with Primary school students only. 
- Entries that do not fulfill the requirements stated will be disqualified without notice.
- A comment must be entered to qualify for the giveaway. 
- Winners will be notified by email, through the email address provided. 
- This giveaway is for Singapore residents only. 

About Aurelia Tan

As an educator, Aurelia has encountered students with a myriad of different learning styles. Some of them are unable to reach their maximum potential owing to a mismatch between the way they acquire and process information and the way information is delivered to them. This has often impeded the students' ability to learn, particularly those with learning difficulties. It was also observed that most of these students are not motivated to read and many of them do not find Science interesting. Thus, Aurelia has endeavoured to produce an enjoyable learning tool - JJ's Science Adventure as an alternative medium for children to learn Science.

Aurelia is trained as a primary school teacher at National Insitute of Education, Nanyang Technology University. She has more than a decade of teaching experience and has taught in local primary schools and in Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC). Aurelia pursued a psychology degree from Murdoch University (Australia) in 2008 and graduated with First Class Honours in 2011.


  1. In primary school, my favourite science topic is learning about how plants grow from a seed, it can be as simple as watching green bean seeds grow. When I grew older, I enjoy seeing colour changes in chemistry lab when doing chemical titration and learning about the chemistry behind that brings about the colour change. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. My daughter is in Primary 1 but she has been reading Young Scientist and Science Adventures since K2. She has finished Level 1, 2 and almost level 3! She loves science alot and is able to relate what she has read to things around us! Hope to we I n this so she is exposed to another Avenue to learn more about science! My K1 daughter has just started reading about science and loves it too!

  3. My favourite topic Then, was the reproduction cycle. It's amazing how Everything develops.
    My eldest son is 10 this year. And science is his favorite subject as he loves to explore.

  4. My favourite topic was life cycle as it was always amazing to see growth, be it animals or plants. I've been doing animal and insects life cycle project with my boy since he was in nursery. He enjoyed it very much and has since grew passion in science. He's 7 years old. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. My favourite topic during my primary school days was life cycle. It was amazing to me then to see how plants grow and how reproduction occurs!

    As I'm not so hands on with Kieran, I did not do any science related topics with him at home. However, I've subscribed to Young Scientists magazine at his request this year in Primary School and realized that he has a keen interest in science. Each time he brings home an issue of the magazine, he will sit quietly and read the magazine! This is totally unlike him to want to read a book! I hope to win this book so as to expand his interest in the topic.

    Kieran is 7 years old this year and in Primary 1. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. My P4 boy Elijah will love this, he is so into sice since P2. Plus this is so infomative and Colorful, even I love to read.

    Thanks for the giveaway..

  7. My favourite topic was life cycles (cycles in plants) as we learnt to observe and compare the various ways in which plants reproduce and communicate findings. My boy is in P1 (7years old) and I am sure he will love JJ's Science Adventure. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. My favourite topic is lights. Light travel in a straight line.

  9. My favourite topics was life cycle especially butterfly because I like to see caterpillars transform into a butterflies! my 3 kids are 6,9 &11. They love to read science comics/books!

  10. My favourite topic was life cycle. My son has just entered P1 this year and I would like him to be exposed about science. I think it is important to be interested and to understand that science is not just about the subject that is thought is school. I would like him to enjoy science and avoid the same experience that I had when I was studying. Science became a hated subject for me in my later education years as I find no relevance and use of science. I suppose there was no fun books that I was exposed to. I would therefore like my son to be able to start on a good footing and try to learn from this fun book that you are offering. It helps that he likes comics too!

  11. My favourite topic was magnet because I liked to see the effect of magnetic field and enjoyed playing around with the experiments that involved iron filing art, it looked cool!

  12. I love the topic on living things. I found learning about the life cycles very interesting.

  13. Life cycles is my favorite topic as I like to explore and see things grow

  14. My fave topic was on the human body esp on the central nervous system

  15. My favourite Science topic in Primary School is ... Magnets! Remembered being fascinated about seeing the iron dust getting attracted by the magnet. :)

  16. My favourite topic was the human body.

  17. My favourite topic is Light, how it travels and it's relationship to sight. I love to make hand shadows, watch puppet shows and do experiments or projects related to light like making a pinhole camera or a periscope. I'm also always awed by the splitting by light by a prism.
    Chancl Xgg

  18. My favourite topics were Magnetism and Electricity.

  19. Favourite is living things
    Kiddos r 7yrs soon

  20. My daughter is 11 and her favourite Science topic is Animal Reproduction.


  21. My favourite topic is the 3 states of matter. I'm facinated by how water can change to vapour and ice. My girl P4 and my boy P2 love to read Science magazines :)


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