Scientists in the Field .s.s. to the extreme!
When Paul Flaherty goes to work, he climbs into a four-engine WP-3D Orion turboprop plane and heads directly into the eye of a hurricane. Miles below, Hazel Barton’s job in microbiology takes her to the depths of the world’s most treacherous caves. And on the other side of the topsoil, way, way above the forest floor, Stephen Sillett passes his days (and sometimes his nights) in the canopies of the tallest trees on earth.
Welcome to the work—and worlds—of extreme scientists. From hurricanes to caves to the crowns of towering redwoods, these scientists battle some of the earth’s most intense conditions in order to save lives, preserve species, and help us to better understand the way our planet works.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Series:||Scientists in the Field Series|
|Product dimensions:||10.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Lexile:||NC1130L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||10 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Donna M. Jackson is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for children and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her works include the critically acclaimed Elephant Scientists, Bone Detectives, Bug Scientists, and Wildlife Detectives—all honored by the NSTA/CBC’s Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children award; ER Vets, an Orbis Pictus and ASPCA Henry Bergh honor book; and Extreme Scientists, named a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 2009.
When she’s not writing about scientists in the field, Donna enjoys reading, skiing, gardening, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with her family. She lives in Colorado. Learn more about Donna at her website: http://www.donnamjackson.net.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book gives information about three different scientists; Paul Flaherty, Hazel Barton, and Steve Sillett. First each chapter gives background information about the specific scientist. Then, it gives tons of information about what each scientist studies (dangerous storms, microbes, and the redwoods). At the very end of each section there is a question and answer page where the scientist has answered questions about what they study. Finally, at the end of the book, there is a list of different resources where readers could learn more and a list of terms and definitions used in the book. This book would be cool to have in the classroom, especially for those students who love biographies and non-fiction. It covers a wide range of science topics . . . all the topics are very different, but all relate to science.
This addition to the Scientists in the Field series features three scientists with extreme jobs - a meteorologist who flies planes into hurricanes, a microbiologist who gathers data from caves all over the world, and a biologist who visits the tops of tall trees like redwoods to study the life there. Stunning photos accompany each portion and each scientist is described in a narrative followed by a "quick questions" section. The book was interesting and may appeal to kids looking for books about unusual jobs, but honestly I don't see it circ'ing much. Shorter books about each individual scientist would fare better, I think.