S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet

S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet

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by Larry Verstraete, David Geister
     
 

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What clutter-busting need was behind the invention of the World Wide Web? Which stain-fighting chemical got its start when a lab assistant dropped a beaker on a lab floor? In S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet, the origins behind some of the most important scientific discoveries are explored. Budding young scientists will learn what Galileo witnessed in a…  See more details below

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What clutter-busting need was behind the invention of the World Wide Web? Which stain-fighting chemical got its start when a lab assistant dropped a beaker on a lab floor? In S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet, the origins behind some of the most important scientific discoveries are explored. Budding young scientists will learn what Galileo witnessed in a church that led to his theory of measurement; how biologist Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, helped to spur the first call to action in the environmental movement; and why Ivan Pavlov's study of a drooling dog laid the foundations for a new branch of psychology. From discoveries that fundamentally changed scientific methods to everyday inventions that are now taken for granted, S is for Scientists sheds light on the events and people who have shaped our lives today. A former teacher, Larry Verstraete now spends his time writing, visiting schools and libraries, and presenting at conferences and festivals. S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet is his second picture book with Sleeping Bear Press. He lives in Winnipeg. David Geister's fascination with American history is celebrated in his work, and his paintings have been featured in The Saturday Evening Post. Dave's books for Sleeping Bear Press include B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet and Riding to Washington. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Here is a lovely book that is unfortunately in the wrong format. Aimed at nine or 10 year olds, every double-page spread—every letter—discusses a scientific discovery, and includes a short biography of the scientist who discovered it. It's actually fascinating, and the pictures are lovely. However, the words chosen to represent the discoveries are generally not in the vocabulary of the usual audience of picture books. "Isolate", "Hypothesize ", "Visualize", "Yield"—if a three or four year old were to use any of these, "surprising" would be a mild form of my reaction. And I can imagine no child in fourth or fifth grade reading a book that looks so obviously a picture book, even if its biographical information would be very useful. Not recommended in its current format. Reviewer: Judy Silverman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781133484899
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
11/12/2010
Series:
Science Alphabet
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wanted the paperback but it was not available
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books of the author look really cool espeashily case files it looks cool
mikiolson More than 1 year ago
Written in an alphabetical format by Larry Verstraete, and beautifully illustrated by David Geister, this wonderful book explores the persistence, the hard work and sometimes the just-plain-dumb luck that leads to that "Ah-HAH!" moment in science and invention. This book is not just about science, but also about the imagination and creativity involved in the scientific process. It is guaranteed to interest not only your budding inventor, but your storyteller as well. I highly recommend this book for all ages!