________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 19 . . . . May 15, 2009

cover Roberta Bondar. (Remarkable Canadians).

Leia Tait.
Calgary, AB: Weigl, (Distributed by Saunders Book Company), 2009.
24 pp., pbk. & hc, $9.95 (pbk.), $22.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-55388-483-5 (pbk.), ISBN 978-1-55388-482-8 (hc.).

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Kim Dyment.

**** /4

This brief information book is a great addition to any children's library or classroom. Parents and teachers can use this biography to inform students about a remarkable Canadian woman.

     Roberta Bondar's biography begins with her life as an astronaut and her mission aboard the Discovery. The text clearly describes her work and the impact she's had on future space missions. Not only do we learn about the eight day mission, we learn about the experiments she performed in space and how important they were for scientists around the world. Bondar's physical and mental preparation for space travel is also detailed and can be easily understood by younger readers.

     As we follow Roberta's life from her home town in Ontario to her work with NASA, teaching about space travel and astronauts, we are guided by sections in the text that clearly separate her background, influences, and obstacles in life.

     Teachers and parents can easily use this information book to teach students about key text features, such as table of contents, glossary, headings, captions, index and side bars. This will help students develop skills in finding information that is important and required in a nonfiction book. The Quick Fact section, which allows for new information to be displayed in a short amount of space on the page, will keep the readers' attentions. Another important feature to this book are the references to websites and how to perform further research on Roberta Bondar. In teaching students about writing a biography, this book lends itself as a resource tool by giving step by step instructions and examples. Students can view a Thought Web and a Timeline of Roberta Bondar's life which was used in creating her biography. I would use this book as an additional resource in teaching biography writing to my students.

     Roberta Bondar is full of photos and pictures that accompany the text. They are used to highlight specific details and show students unique images of space travel and life as an astronaut.

Highly Recommended.

Kim Dyment, a graduate student in the M.Ed Program at the University of Prince Edward Island, is also a middle school teacher at Hernewood Intermediate School in PEI.

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