Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2014 Magazines
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Publisher: ePals Media
Newsstand Price: $6.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues

Preschool children fortunately have not yet learned that their elders often expect science to be boring or intimidating, and so they often love discovering how the world works, asking endless questions about bugs and volcanoes and thunderstorms and digestion. Click taps into this interest, offering well-written, age-appropriate science features that treat biology and physics as a rich, fascinating source of stories.

Each issue revolves around a theme, such as bugs or birds or hearing, and provides a variety of features that offer information about the theme through different formats and several recurring features. A comic strip starts off each month's issue, "Click and the Kids," showing cartoon kids being introduced to the topic of the month. A monthly episode of "Yo Wants to Know," about a boy who explores science-related issues in his daily life is also included; and finally, every issue closes with several regular features. One is a foldout cut-and-glue activity, such as making a bird identification guide. The other, a fictional story that dramatizes a moment in the history of science, such as the medieval discovery of butterfly metamorphosis; or a contemporary application of scientific discoveries, like the negotiations that occur when children learn to use hearing aids.

Click also contain special stories like profiles of a scientist working in a field related to the issue's theme, such as entomologist Doug Taron in the issue on bugs. Other articles feature a quick interpretation of a scientific principle and common-sense experiments for testing it, such as an explanation of airfoils in the issue on birds. The illustrations and stories implicitly show preschool children that boys and girls of all racial backgrounds and all ages can be scientists, both by profession and by everyday practice. However, one drawback of this magazine is that it focuses heavily on delivering information, rather than on incorporating hands-on science activities for parents and children to do together. There are some activities offered, but since learning about science is just as important and fun as reading about it secondhand, more would be beneficial. Nevertheless, Click is a beautifully designed magazine that will feed the curiosity of young scientists.

Naomi Lesley   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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