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I love the idea of learning science by story, but I wish that there was more info on what science specifically was covered in them (ie, the science topics dealt with in each chapter).  I don't want to have to pre-read the whole book to find that out.  Is there any resource out there that does that?  

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I wrote the company and they sent this list:  


Chapter 1: What is Botany?; Vascular and Non-Vascular Plants
Chapter 2: Seeds
Chapter 3: Roots
Chapter 4: Leaves
Chapter 5: Stems
Chapter 6: Flowers
Chapter 7: Pollination
Chapter 8: Fruits
Chapter 9: Trees
Chapter 10: Gymnosperms
Chapter 11: Seedless Vascular Plants
Chapter 12: Non-Vascular Plants
Chapter 13: Fungi and Protists
Chapter 14: Bacterial Flora
Chapter 15: Plants in the Food Chain
Chapter 16: Plant Ecosystems and Adaptations
Chapter 17: Cellular Structure and Photosynthesis
Chapter 18: Plant Diseases
Chapter 1: What is Zoology?
Chapter 2: Simple Invertebrates; Jellyfish, Coral, Sponges, Anenomes, Worms
Chapter 3: Mollusks; Snails, Cephalopods
Chapter 4: Arthropods I; Crustaceans
Chapter 5: Arthropods II; Insect Characteristics
Chapter 6: Arthropods III; Social Insects and Arachnids
Chapter 7: Fish I; Fish Characteristics
Chapter 8: Fish II; Types of Fish
Chapter 9: Amphibians ; Frogs, Toads, Salamanders, Caecilians
Chapter 10: Reptiles; Lizards, Snakes, Turtles, Tortoises 
Chapter 11: Birds; Feathers, Bird Calls, Eggs, Social Life
Chapter 12: Mammals I; Marsupials and Monotremes
Chapter 13: Mammals II; Rodents
Chapter 14: Mammals III; Bats
Chapter 15: Mammals IV; Ungulates
Chapter 16: Mammals V; Carnivores
Chapter 17: Mammals VI; Primates
Chapter 18: Mammals VII; Marine Mammals
Chapter 1: What Is Anatomy?
Chapter 2: Organs and Organ Systems
Chapter 3: Endocrine System
Chapter 4: Nervous System
Chapter 5: Problems in the Nervous System
Chapter 6: Integumentary System
Chapter 7: The Skeleton
Chapter 8: Break It, Heal It, Strengthen It
Chapter 9: Muscles
Chapter 10: Strengthening Muscles, Atrophy of Muscles
Chapter 11: Circulatory System
Chapter 12: Blood
Chapter 13: Respiratory System
Chapter 14: Chemistry of Breathing
Chapter 15: Digestive System
Chapter 16: Food for Humans
Chapter 17: Immune System
Chapter 18: Boosting the Immune System
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My DD12 read and enjoyed QC between ages 10-11, but I would never buy the books specifically to 'teach' science. The storylines were engaging enough that she wanted to finish the books so she knew what happened, but they don't really seem like enough to serve as primary instruction or the backbone of a curriculum. Just my $.02 and YMMV.


This child does have very good reading comprehension and amazing recall for details, so it's possible that she did learn a lot (or perhaps consolidated material previously learned) via QC, but for most kids/readers I question whether that is a reasonable goal of the books. Another series this DD loved (and just recommended to her cousin) is Itch (relates to chemistry). If you find that your kids enjoy QC, you might follow up with Itch.

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