Scientific America Young Readers Book Awards
2001
The Best Paper Airplanes You'll Ever Fly
Book Jacket   Klutz Guides
2001
Mud Matters: Stories from a Mud Lover
Book Jacket   Jennifer Owings Dewey
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780761450146 Fiction: NF Age: 4-6 Dewey's lively account includes rich descriptions of the mucky stuff, interesting information, and episodes from her own childhood. She discusses mud as material for childhood games, Native American rituals, and pottery making, and as building material for animals and humans. The four chapters are accompanied by striking full-page photos and Dewey's own characteristically fine pencil drawings. Glos., ind. Horn Rating: Superior, well above average. Reviewed by: mab (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2001
Painters of the Caves
 Patricia Lauber
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2001
Making Things: The Handbook of Creative Discovery
 Ann Wiseman
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2001
Invisible Enemies: Stories of Infectious Disease
Book Jacket   Jeanette Farrell
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780374336370 Fiction: NF Age: YA Focusing on seven specific diseases, Farrell presents a scientist's view of these scourges. The anecdotal style is accessible; the tone, conversational; the whole, informative, with ample documentation. The details, while sometimes gruesome, are leavened by an emphasis on the need for research and rational response rather than uninformed reactions. Illustrative material ranges from historical drawings to photos. Bib., glos., ind. Horn Rating: Superior, well above average. Reviewed by: mmb (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780374336073 Focusing on seven specific diseases, Farrell presents a scientist's view of these scourges. The anecdotal style is accessible; the tone, conversational; the whole, informative, with ample documentation. Illustrative material ranges from historical drawings to photos. This edition has been updated to reflect advances made in the research of each disease. Reading list. Bib., glos., ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
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2001
Silent Thunder: In the Presence of Elephants
Book Jacket   Katy Payne
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. 9780684801087 In an account that is finally a philosophical and political meditation on wildlife, a biologist studies the long-distance, nearly imperceptible rumblings of elephants and ponders the fate of Africa's elephant herds. Payne, a bioacoustics researcher at Cornell University, recorded the habits of African elephants living in Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya for more than a decade, beginning in the mid-1980s, observing the complex interactions of the matriarchal family groups and the courtship and mating of bull elephants. But most remarkable was her work on infrasonic communication among the elephants, very low frequency sounds, below the threshold of human hearing, that carry for over two miles. In this endeavor, Payne got up close and personal with the herds to record the sounds on tape for later analysis, sometimes putting herself in dicey situations?and not only with elephants, as she frequented lion habitat as well. Becoming more salient as the narrative proceeds are Payne's concerns over the unrestrained slaughter of Africa's herds by ivory poachers, who killed 87 percent of Kenya's elephants and half of all the elephants on the continent during the 1980s. Later sections of the book hinge on the issue of conservation and protection from poaching, in addition to efforts by southern African countries to protect their herds from poachers by culling, opening up a controlled ivory trade. Payne records in detail the dimensions and monetary value of the tusks of many elephants she tracked and taped. Payne, a vociferous opponent of culling, notes that elephants need the accumulated wisdom of their elders in order to maintain functioning communities. Her deep-feeling profiles of some of the people working as trackers and scouts with her in the national parks add merit to her suggestions for conservation. Not just a book on elephants and their surprisingly active verbal lives, but an informed discussion on the policies and future of man and beast in Africa.
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2001
First Woman and the Strawberry: A Cherokee Legend
 Gloria Dominic
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2001
Optical Tricks
 Walter Wick
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. 9780590222273 This challenging book of optical illusions from Wick (A Drop of Water, 1997, etc.) will leave some readers gasping in awe, and others befuddled, as they ought to be by such visual trickery. Stunning photographs tease with false perceptions, shadowplays, and mirror tricks. Every photograph is a set piece (many of them sporting the same aesthetic sensibility of Wick and Jean Marzollo's I Spy books), and the opposite page asks readers various questions about what they're seeing. The very best pictures are patterned on the classic M.C. Escher drawings, paradoxes of impossible triangles, cubes, and other structures. Wick provides answers, ably explaining the perceptual twists, and adds an intelligent (and, for flummoxed readers, compassionate) closing: ``The variety of ways individuals experience optical illusions is in itself an interesting area of inquiry, but it's important to keep in mind that why such differences occur is not fully understood--even by experts--and that each reader should experience the book at his or her own pace.'' A book to elicit appreciative murmurs at story hours, and return visits for closer looks. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)
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2001
Children Just Like Me: Celebrations
Book Jacket   Anabel Kindersley
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780789420275 Fiction: NF Age: 4-6 Foreword by Harry Belafonte. This colorful book, published in association with UNICEF, looks at secular and religious holidays as they are celebrated by children in eighteen different countries. Large, bright photographs and brief facts give details about twenty-five holidays, including Carnival in Brazil and Egemenlik Bayrami, Turkish Independence Day. The presentation is appealing, but the information is random and disconnected. Ind. Horn Rating: Recommended, with minor flaws. Reviewed by: mvk (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780789420275 Fiction: NF Age: 4-6 Foreword by Harry Belafonte. This colorful book, published in association with UNICEF, looks at secular and religious holidays as they are celebrated by children in eighteen different countries. Large, bright photographs and brief facts give details about twenty-five holidays, including Carnival in Brazil and Egemenlik Bayrami, Turkish Independence Day. The presentation is appealing, but the information is random and disconnected. Ind. Horn Rating: Recommended, with minor flaws. Reviewed by: mvk (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2001
Tibaldo and the Hole in the Calendar
Book Jacket   Abner Shimony
 
2001
Hidden under the Ground: The World beneath Your Feet
 Peter Kent
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. 9780525675525 This quick tour of subterranean spaces?caves to badger setts, sewers to subways?features simplified cross-sections scattered with rocks, tree roots, bones, rubbish, small cartoon figures, and captions of one or two sentences. To give readers a little context for what they're seeing, Kent (Go to Jail!, p. 340, etc.) heads each topical spread (``Homes,'' ``The Street Beneath Our Feet,'' etc.) with a paragraph of introductory remarks, and includes diverting historical anecdotes in sidebars. Although the sewers and dungeons depicted are suspiciously clean and well-lighted, children who find the art of Stephen Biesty too busy to follow will enjoy these more orderly visual excursions. (Picture book. 7-9)
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2001
Slime, Mold and Fungi
 Elaine Pascoe
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2001
A String of Beads
Book Jacket   Margarette S. Reid
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780525457213 Fiction: PB This picture book suffers from an attempt to be at once a history of beads and a craft book in the guise of a story about a beader and her granddaughter. The decorative, earthy illustrations depict a variety of beads in painstaking, stylized detail, but are ultimately as incohesive and unfocused as the text. More in-depth bead information is provided at the end of the book. Horn Rating: Marginal, seriously flawed, but with some redeeming quality. Reviewed by: mb (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2001
Calculus Made Easy
Book Jacket   Silvanus P. Thompson
 
2001
Isaac Newton and the Scientific Revolution
 Gale Christianson
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780195092240 Fiction: NF Age: YA This narrative account captures the incredibly focused intensity with which Newton led his life and places his experiences against the political, social, and religious backdrop of seventeenth-century England. The impartial text presents Newton as a genius who grappled with critics and opponents with startling ferocity. Numerous historical photographs provide documentation. Bib., ind. Horn Rating: Superior, well above average. Reviewed by: djb (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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2001
Earthquake Games: Earthquakes and Volcanoes
 Matthys Levy
Horn Book (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780689813672 Fiction: NF Age: 4-6 The authors explain the origin and classification of several geological phenomena (though volcanoes only get one of nine chapters). The scientific and engineering explanations are clear and well written, while the experiments vary widely in quality and include some overly simplistic observations, complicated instrument construction, and some potentially dangerous situations. Black-and-white illustrations clarify the text and instructions. Ind. Horn Rating: Marginal, seriously flawed, but with some redeeming quality. Reviewed by: djf (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book (c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. 9780689813672 Fiction: NF Age: 4-6 The authors explain the origin and classification of several geological phenomena (though volcanoes only get one of nine chapters). The scientific and engineering explanations are clear and well written, while the experiments vary widely in quality and include some overly simplistic observations, complicated instrument construction, and some potentially dangerous situations. Black-and-white illustrations clarify the text and instructions. Ind. Horn Rating: Marginal, seriously flawed, but with some redeeming quality. Reviewed by: djf (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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