The Ozone Hole

The Ozone Hole

by Sally Morgan

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The Ozone Hole discusses what the ozone is, the chemicals and pollutants that destroy the ozone, and what we can do to protect the ozone and ourselves from its harmful rays.  See more details below


The Ozone Hole discusses what the ozone is, the chemicals and pollutants that destroy the ozone, and what we can do to protect the ozone and ourselves from its harmful rays.

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Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
This book introduces young readers to the layers of Earth's atmosphere, primarily focusing on the dangers presented by the thinning of the ozone layer. This book, part of the "Earth SOS" series (which focuses on presenting major problems with the environment and provides suggestions for improving the condition of the planet), is divided into thirteen, two-page chapters, each focusing on a different generalized concept. The first chapter introduces the reader to the concept of the ozone hole; the second chapter focuses on the layers of the atmosphere; and the third explains the ozone layer itself. However, this two-spread, single concept format is also the book's weakest point. The concepts covered in each spread are too generalized to be effectively explained in such a compact form; and the result is that none of the topics are explained adequately. In addition, the major flaw with this book is that it never fully or clearly explains exactly what ozone is and why it is important, which is the concept on which all the other chapters depend. The best explanation of ozone comes more than halfway through the book, although the author explains the difference between oxygen and ozone only in terms of atoms. This is both confusing and incomplete for younger readers. Scattered throughout each spread are short factoids, including "On the Ground," and "Eco Thought," which offer readers interesting facts and figures about the ozone hole worldwide. "Try This" sidebars invite readers to do some hands-on experimentation. Also included are a glossary, a "Fast Facts" page of more factoids, websites for more information, and an index. The four-color photographs and the bright and busy layout willlikely appeal to young readers, but this is a reference that will be most helpful used in conjunction with a book that better explains what ozone is and why it is important. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6–These books read like accessible, over-the-top encyclopedia entries, with facts and statistics so captivating that students will want to read more. Each title outlines the history of the topic, defining terms and providing diagrams as needed, with the focus then shifting to possible solutions. A “What Can We Do?” section concludes each volume, and provides practical steps that students can take to improve the conditions addressed in the book. Other useful features include “Fact Files” containing interesting (un-cited) facts related to the topic, and thorough indexes. Though the British English might raise a few terminology questions, the books’ large print and color photographs will make this series attractive to readers, especially those who are struggling.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Each book presents an environmental problem, its causes, possible scientific solutions, and ways in which readers can help. Morgan's writing is clear and informative, and the format is inviting. The numerous captioned color photographs and labeled diagrams extend the texts. Brief boxed items offer interesting related information and activities. Rain includes a diagram of the water cycle and a map reflecting acid-rain sources and problems around the world. Ozone Hole has an instructive illustration of the different layers of the earth's atmosphere as well as a computer-generated map showing ozone levels the world over. Other books deal with these topics in greater depth, but these accessible volumes should be welcome additions to collections needing additional resources.-Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Earth Watch Series
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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