Reviews for month


MILITARY ROBOTS
PEBBLE PLUS [CAPSTONE PRESS INC]
ALPERT, BARBARA
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 02, 2012
Garrard, Thom
This title is part of the Pebble Plus nonfiction series on military machines. One or two simple sentences are found on each left hand page. Topics include the parts of these robots, the different kinds, and what each type can do. On each right hand page, there is a large photograph that includes a robot. Easy text and large photos are normally Pebble's perfect formula for early readers, but several of the photos in this book are dark and have insufficient color contrast. Nonetheless, this book will appeal to students with an interest in the military and/or technology.
ZOMBIE MAKERS : TRUE STORIES OF NATURE'S UNDEAD
MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD) [MILLBROOK PRESS (HARD)]
JOHNSON, REBECCA L
Highly Recommended -- Superior book everyone should buy.
5th grade to 8th grade
May 02, 2012
Garrard, Thom
Wow! After reading this book you will believe that zombies are real! Well, not humanoid zombies, but here is evidence that zombies exist in nature. Scientists have discovered that certain species of fungi, wasps, viruses, and worms take over the bodies and brains of other innocent creatures in order to facilitate their own survival. The victims exhibit such zombie characteristics as behaving oddly, obeying commands, ignoring pain, trying to bite others, and tricking victims into becoming infected. During her research, the author consulted scholarly articles, as well as conducting written and oral exchanges with the scientists. A description of the science behind the story is included in each chapter. Many amazing close-up photographs will help make a believer out of you. This is creepy. This is gross. This is fascinating. This is going to be hard to keep on the shelf. This is an exceptional science book that is highly recommended.
Albert II: The 1st Monkey in Space
Magic Wagon [Magic Wagon]
Dunn, Joeming
Dunn, Ben
Additional Plus -- Good solid book but has some minor flaws.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 14, 2012
Sepessy, Lona
Famous Firsts: Animals Making History is a graphic non-fiction series of six, library-bound books, each focusing on one animal that participated in a specific historical accomplishment. Large colorful panels of 1 -4 frames per page and only 1 text box or speech bubble creates an easily read account that includes general information about the species, the historical event and the individual animal's role. The books mention only briefly the controveries surrounding the use of animals in captivity and as substitutes for humans in dangerous or planned deadly event. An excellent brief overview to the development of rockets including labeled diagrams, a discussion of the 3 major countries involved and the role the military played make this volume one to consider for purchase. Albert II was the second Rhesus monkey sent into space after the first one suffocated and also died from a failed parachute and landing. While most of the information is presented in 3rd person, Albert recounts his journey and rationalizes his participation as contributing to the eventual success of human exploration. Issues of animal rights are not mentioned and the 1st person mention of the sacrifices being necessary may provide fodder for some good discussion. Non-fiction features include a table of contents, fact page, web link, glossary and index.
Laika: The 1st Dog in Space
Magic Wagon [Magic Wagon]
Dunn, Joeming
Dunn, Ben
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 14, 2012
Sepessy, Lona
Famous Firsts: Animals Making History is a graphic non-fiction series of six, library-bound books, each focusing on one animal that participated in a specific historical accomplishment. Large colorful panels of 1 -4 frames per page and only 1 text box or speech bubble creates an easily read account that includes general information about the species, the historical event and the individual animal's role. The books mention only briefly the controveries surrounding the use of animals in captivity and as substitutes for humans in dangerous or planned deadly events. While the basic information about the animals is solid and students will be drawn to the graphic format and focus on one animal, these are secondary purchases for most libraries. Laika recounts her story starting with ancient historical curiosity about space. She sketchs out brief details in the work developing rockets and the early Russian space explorations. Details of preparing Laika for the journey include a special waste disposal system and food and water dispensers.Laika was a stray dog as the Russians believed they would be more prepared for the extreme temperatures of the mission. Sadly she describes her planned demise as a "mystery" and the actual unpleasant facts were not revealed until years later. Laika states that she was the only animal sent in space with no hopes of returning home leading many to speculate that her death might not have been necessary. Animal rights movements are not mentioned. Non-fiction features include a table of contents, fact page, web link, glossary and index.
Shamu: The 1st Killer Whale in Captivity
Magic Wagon [Magic Wagon]
Dunn, Joeming
Denham, Brian
Additional -- Satisfactory book but is or will be excelled in its field by other books.
Kindergarten to 3rd grade
May 14, 2012
Sepessy, Lona
Famous Firsts: Animals Making History is a graphic non-fiction series of six, library-bound books, each focusing on one animal that participated in a specific historical accomplishment. Large colorful panels of 1 -4 frames per page and only 1 text box or speech bubble creates an easily read account that includes general information about the species, the historical event and the individual animal's role. The books mention only briefly the controveries surrounding the use of animals in captivity and as substitutes for humans in dangerous or planned deadly events.While the basic information about the animals is solid and students will be drawn to the graphic format and focus on one animal, these are secondary purchases for most libraries. Sally, a marine biologist, explains information about orcas including their life cycle, behavior and activities and physiclal characteristics. Shamu was captured to be a companion to Namu - an orca caught in fishing nets. She was eventually moved to Sea World in San Diego to perform in their many shows and where she lived only 6 years after being captured. Brief mention is made of the issues around capturing and holding sea mammals in captivity. Non-fiction features include a table of contents, fact page, web link, glossary and index.