COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: HOW DO THEY HELP?
SERIES. CHERRY LAKE. GR. 2–4.
Greenpeace Fund. By Katie Marsico. 2016. 24p. illus., lib. ed.,
$27.07 (9781634710497). 363.7.
The Humane Society. By Katie Marsico. 2016. 24p. illus., lib.
ed., $27.07 (9781634710503). 179.
Oxfam International. By Katie Marsico. 2016. 24p. illus., lib.
ed., $27.07 (9781634710527). 362.5.
YMCA. By Katie Marsico. 2016. 24p. illus., lib. ed., $27.07
The Community Connections: How Do They Help? series introduces children to international organizations that make the world
better. Greenpeace Fund explains that this group “helps raise awareness
about environmental threats,” including global warming, pollution,
deforestation, and overfishing. Greenpeace provides grants for study
and supports research and educational programs. There are humane
societies all over the world, but The Humane Society focuses on those
operating in the U.S. and Canada. These nonprofit organizations
are centered on helping and protecting animals, ensuring that pets,
farm animals, and working animals are treated with respect. Oxfam
International introduces children to this group’s efforts to lessen world
poverty, largely by providing supplies and services to communities
in crisis and by fighting against social injustice. YMCA discusses its
wide-ranging mission and focus on community through initiatives in
education, health and fitness, and social-services outreach. Each book
is short yet filled with information, beginning with the organization’s
history. The solid text invites readers into the discussion with substantial sidebars asking them to “make a guess” about various topics or
“ask questions” about the group, sometimes reminding readers they
too should be involved with social good. The design is bright, but photographs are often folded into the gutter; the links to websites are also
meager. Nevertheless, kids will come away enthused and inspired to
help. —Ilene Cooper
GIRLS IN SCIENCE SERIES. NOMAD. GR. 4–7.
Aviation: Cool Women Who Fly. By Carmella Van Vleet. Illus.
by Lena Chandhok. 2016. 112p., $19.95 (9781619304369);
paper, $9.95 (9781619304406). 629.13.
Marine Biology: Cool Women Who Dive. By Karen Bush
Gibson. Illus. by Lena Chandhok. 2016. 112p., $19.95
(9781619304314); paper, $9.95 (9781619304352). 578.77.
The admirable Girls in Science series offers compact introductions to
LET’S-READ-AND-FIND-OUT SCIENCE SERIES.
STEM careers, with a focus on successful women in these fields, both
historically and at work today. Each volume opens with an overview of
the subject at hand, calling attention to important female “firsts” and
contributions. The next three chapters highlight three contemporary
women whose jobs represent a variety of career paths within a specific
discipline. Emphasis is placed on their education and training, accom-
plishments, and any obstacles or gender discrimination they may have
experienced. Aviation touches on the history of flight, noting remark-
able aviatrixes and modern advances. Here readers will meet a female
flight instructor, an aeronautical engineer, and a U.S. Air Force pilot.
Marine Biology is a little more rigorous in its included science, distin-
guishing between biological and chemical oceanography as the careers
of Lauren Mullineaux and Ashanti Johnson (one of the first African
American female oceanographers in the U.S.) are discussed. A marine
biologist who studies sharks is also featured. Primary source text boxes,
which include QR codes to relevant online resources as well as critical-
thinking questions and profiles of women pioneers or authorities in
their fields, are liberally used by both titles. Though source material
isn’t always provided for quotes, the back matter is fairly extensive.
Informative and encouraging guides, especially for science-minded
girls. —Julia Smith
HARPER. PRES-GR. 3.
How Deep Is the Ocean? By Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld.
Illus. by Eric Puybaret. 2016. 40p., $17.99
The Sun and the Moon. By Carolyn Cinami
DeCristofano. Illus. by Taia Morley. 2016. 40p., $17.99
The informative books in the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series offer clearly written, attractive introductions to scientific topics,
presented with a young audience in mind.
How Deep Is the Ocean? asks children to
imagine themselves in a submersible vessel,
exploring layers of the ocean at increasing
depth and observing the creatures living in
these varied environments. Designated Level
2 in the series, the book presents information in a paragraph or two on each page,
illustrated with handsome acrylic paintings that include magnified
phytoplankton as well as many labeled underwater scenes. An appended science activity uses a knotted, weighted string to measure the
depth of water. The Sun and the Moon takes viewers on an imaginary
journey to view earth’s rotation from space before landing on the moon
and circling around the sun. As a Level 1 entry in the series, the book
has a relatively short text that is accessible to younger children. The
suggested activities within the main text—such as looking at the moon
through binoculars or marking the relative distances of the earth, the
moon, and the sun—are simple, effective demonstrations of the facts
presented. Created with digitally enhanced traditional media, principally watercolors, the artwork has an appealing, kid-friendly look. Well
designed, engaging, and highly recommended for children’s science
collections. —Carolyn Phelan
NG KIDS MISSION: ANIMAL RESCUE SERIES.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. GR. 5–8.
Panda Rescue: All about Pandas and How to Save Them. By
Kitson Jazynka and Daniel Raven-Ellison. 2016. 112p. illus.,
paper, $12.99 (9781426320880). 599.789.
Shark Rescue: All about Sharks and How to Save Them. By
Ruth A. Musgrave and Daniel Raven-Ellison. 2016. 112p. illus.,
paper, $12.99 (9781426320903). 597.3.
Whether cute and cuddly or sleek and terrifying, many of the world’s
animals need our help. These entries in the NG Kids Mission: Animal
Rescue series highlight how researchers around the globe are working tirelessly to protect these endangered animals from extinction. In