________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 9 . . . . December 22, 2006

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Storms. (Science Matters). 

Christine Webster.
Calgary, Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Company), 2007.
24 pp., cloth, $22.95.
ISBN 1-59036-412-0.
 
Subject Heading:
Storms-Juvenile literature.
 
Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.
 
Review by Harriet Zaidman.
 
*** /4 

   
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Rainbows. (Science Matters). 

David Whitfield.
Calgary, Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Company), 2007.
24 pp., cloth, $22.95.
ISBN 1-59036-414-7.
 
Subject Headings:
Meteorological optics-Juvenile literature.
Rainbow-Juvenile literature.
 
Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.
 
Review by Harriet Zaidman.
 
*** /4 

   
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Northern Lights. (Science Matters). 

David Whitfield.
Calgary, Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Company), 2007. 
24 pp., cloth, $22.95.
ISBN 1-59036-413-9.
 
Subject Heading:
Auroras-Juvenile literature.
 
Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.
 
Review by Harriet Zaidman.
 
*** /4 

   
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Constellations. (Science Matters). 

Frances Purslow.
Calgary, Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Company), 2007.
24 pp., cloth, $22.95.
ISBN 1-59036-410-4.
 
Subject Heading:
Constellations-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.
 
Review by Harriet Zaidman.
 
*** /4 

   
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Clouds (Science Matters). 

Christine Webster.
Calgary, Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Company), 2007.
24 pp., cloth, $22.95.
ISBN 1-59036-411-2.
 
Subject Heading:
Clouds-Juvenile literature.
 
Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.
 
Review by Harriet Zaidman.
 
*** /4 

   
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Air Pollution. (Science Matters). 

Heather C. Hudak.
Calgary, Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Company), 2007.
24 pp., cloth, $22.95.
ISBN 1-59036-415-5.
 
Subject Heading:
Air-Pollution-Juvenile literature.
 
Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10. 

Review by Harriet Zaidman.
 
*** /4 


Climate change and protection of the environment have become a political football and major topics of discussion in the news. Children today are aware of these issues and the havoc that global warming and major weather events can wreak upon unlucky humans who happen to be in the way. 

     The “Science Matters” series on significant atmospheric features and events will be of interest to young readers and researchers. As well as addressing issues of contemporary concern, the books discuss the wonders of nature which are fascinating to young learners.  

     The books contain current information written in clear language for the target age group. The print is in a large, contemporary-style typeface. Each two-page chapter includes several useful facts, and each page has a picture or other illustration with precise captioning.  

    Most northern lights are shades of green. However, the color of northern lights depends on which gas is glowing. It also depends on how high above Earth the gas is located. Some gases, such as oxygen, occur at various altitudes. Oxygen below 150 miles (240 km) glows yellowish-green. Oxygen above this height glows red. (From Northern Lights.) 

     

     Each title provides a survey of the individual topics, including myths, biographies of scientists whose work has been groundbreaking, developing technologies, and contemporary issues: 

    Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are harmful chemicals that leak into the air and damage the ozone layer. Many countries have stopped using CFCs. 

    Cold causes CFCs to break down into smaller parts. One part is chlorine. Chlorine is especially damaging to the ozone layer. When the sun rises, it thaws the ice crystals. Chlorine is released into the air, where it weaken Earth's shield against the Sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. (From Air Pollution.) 

     

     Each book has a page which suggests to children how they can find more information. This is wasted space (and paper). The children are reading a book, so why tell them to go to the library to get a book? Children are aware of the Internet, and teachers who want them to look up information will guide them. Since Internet sites change all the time; why recommend one in a book that may stay on library shelves for many years? More information about the topic would be of better use to the young reader. 

     Each book also had one science experiment related to the topic and two pages with questions and answers about what the reader has learned. The final page has a glossary (Words to Know) and a brief index. 

     The clear information and the standard physical layout of these books will make them very useful in a school or classroom library. Children who are learning how to search for information will be able to find it easily and will understand the explanations. 

Recommended. 

Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB. 

To comment on this title or this review, send mail to cm@umanitoba.ca.

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