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Cloning Pets

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Will we ever be able to clone our pets? Would that be a good thing? Explore these topics in this fascinating book.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Alison F. Solove
Price's subject matter is the most approachable of any "Science Missions" title. He frames the book by introducing Sir Lancelot Encore, a Labrador retriever cloned by enthusiastic pet owners. Price then describes the process of making a clone. By including material about "nature's clones," identical twins, he successfully dispels some misconceptions about cloning. He also devotes an entire chapter to myths about clones. The book concludes with a chapter on the possibilities cloning opens, including reviving extinct species. Overall, the material relating to the cloning of pets is engaging. However, the focus occasionally strays to human cloning, which Price treats as though it has no more ethical problems than animal cloning. Most of the other titles on controversial issues in the series have a reasonably even-handed account of both sides of the issue; while Price considers practical problems with cloning, Cloning Pets doesn't take potential ethical objections seriously. All the titles in the "Science Missions" series, including Price's, include a useful index and bibliography, as well as eye-popping full-color photos, charts, and graphs; this volume does have several poorer quality illustrations of identical animals or people presented as a mosaic. It also suffers from the some of the same weaknesses as the rest of the series. While it provides a useful glossary of bolded terms, the "word store" boxes on the bottom are redundant and distracting. The "word store" doesn't always provide definitions for all the vocabulary on a given page. When it does include definitions, they are frequently not where the reader expects because the words are in alphabetical order across a two-page spread. The definitions themselves vary widely in tone and are often too vague for a young audience. Overall, cloning pets is an interesting science book for kids which doesn't handle the surrounding controversy as deftly as it could. Reviewer: Alison F. Solove
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410939982
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Science Missions Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: NC740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Stewart Price has written more than 50 books for children and teenagers, and his biography "Front Page Lives: Benazir Bhutto" garnered a starred review from Booklist. He has edited nine books for teachers and contributed to numerous text books and reference works. A former managing editor of "Junior Scholastic" magazine in New York, Price has written articles for publications such as "National Geographic Kids" and "The New York Times Upfront". He lives with his family in Alabama.
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Table of Contents

Send in the Clones 4

How to Make a Clone 10

Why Clone? 18

What Could Go Wrong? 24

Myths About Clones 32

Extreme Cloning 40

Pet Cloning Timeline 50

Glossary 52

Find Out More 54

Index 56

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