Adventures of the Elements
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Adventures of the Elements book series and trading card game, targeted for ages eight through high school, depicts a saga of two brothers’ and three sisters’ encounters with the mythical guardians of the elements who are personified into superhero-like characters. Through a medium fabricated by the children’s act of unearthing and wearing a magical pair of sunglasses, termed element glasses, the siblings aid the elements in battling such diabolical molecules as Urban Carbon Monoxide, the Sultan of Sulfur Dioxide, Nick Nicotine, Dert Phosphate, and Cyanide.
For the siblings’ unrelenting dedication to the struggle for good versus evil, the element guardians and the Great Ones, Magus (Magnetism), Gravity, and Elec (Electricity), reward the five siblings with a gift of the Rings of Enlightenment. These rings give each child the ability of a selected element from the Periodic Table.
Since the element glasses allow the siblings to time travel and to venture into the molecular world, there is no defined time period for the adventures. However, the children live in and always return to contemporary time. Many of the adventures occur in familiar settings such as at school, at home, or on the football field. Thus the children deal with peer pressure, acceptance and rejection, completing school assignments and making passing grades, playing sports, and confronting fears faced by today’s youth who range in age from five to fifteen. The only difference is that the five children must juggle these issues while attempting to save the world from lethal forces their friends cannot see or comprehend.
The stories are told from the children’s point of view. The siblings are often trapped in seemingly inescapable predicaments and must rely on their resourcefulness to conquer these situations. Often, the children are separated and confront varying perils, molecules, and elements who are all interlinked through the plot. This allows the story to focus on all of the children. In many cases, Richard, the oldest sibling, and Catherine, the oldest of the three girls, are the protagonists. However, their brother and sisters spend almost as much time in the spotlight.
Every aspect of the series relays information about the chemical elements as the reader is propelled through a saga of riveting adventures. For instance, the first names of the elements begin with their chemical symbols found on the periodic table such as in Ollie Oxygen, Xerxes Xenon, Arla Argon, and Casper Calcium. In essence, the captivating animation gives science a personality through a series of gripping, spine-tingling tales. A unique and effective way of introducing children of all ages to scientific terminology and concepts while incorporating other academic areas such as history, English, and the arts, Adventures of the Elements, alleviates the frustration and fear often associated with attempting to master the basics of science and education.
Adventures of the Elements includes the popularity of current trading card games, the suspense of a horror thriller, the adventure of contemporary fantasy, the educational benefits of sitting behind a desk in the classroom, and the coolness of a superhero saga all rolled into one fantastic tale.