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Children's LiteratureDivided into two sections, this accessible combination of biography and hands-on concept learning covers the general categories of science as well as the lives and accomplishments of twenty scientists (or pairs of scientists) ranging from Alhaven and Archimedes to the Curies, Pasteur, and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, a twentieth-century medical researcher. In the first section, each chapter covers an area of science, describing the history of the development of that specialty as well as a quick overview of the various subfields of study. For example, the chapter on biology discusses nineteenth-century naturalists like Darwin and Lamarck, as well as twentieth-century DNA research. It also briefly touches on botany, zoology and ecology. In the second section, each biographical chapter has several pages of text detailing the scientists' lives, followed by an experiment demonstrating some of their findings. The "Fun Time!" experiments are easily accomplished using household objects with little adult supervision. The book list at the end of each chapter provides resources for kids who wish to investigate the subject matter more thoroughly. End matter includes a detailed glossary, a timeline, and an index. 2004, John Wiley & Sons, Ages 9 to 14.
—Anne Marie Pace