A plethora of information!!! The Solar System is something that all children are fascinated with (and many adults are as well) and this book includes s...moreA plethora of information!!! The Solar System is something that all children are fascinated with (and many adults are as well) and this book includes so much information and the information in fun infographics that help the reader understand some really complicated scientific information. I recommend this to all teachers to have in their classroom - it will be loved.
(I will say, that I am going to probably buy this book and this may change my ratings. It was very hard to read as an e-galley because the inforgraphics were split up. If I see it as a book, it may help me like it more.)(less)
Albert wasn’t like other children. He didn’t speak; he thought. He didn’t play with others; he was fascinated with everything around him. But it is all of this curiosity that led to his revolutionary ideas.
I love how this book focuses on how Albert’s creativity is one of the keys to what made him the amazing scientist that he is. Also, as a teacher of struggling and gifted students, I love the focus on how he didn’t do well in school. It shows how just because a student is different or a disturbance or thinks differently doesn’t mean that they aren’t intelligent. The book definitely promotes wonderings, thinking, and imagination!
I also loved learning about the fun side of Einstein and how he likes to not wear socks, he liked to eat ice cream cones, and overall he just did what he want to have time to think.
Finally, the Author’s Note puts all of Einstein’s theories together so that the reader also gets this information.(less)
Clara and her family immigrated to New York. They were searching for the American dream. When her father could not find a job, Clara quit school and became a garment worker to support her family. The conditions at her factory were appalling: low wages, unfair rules, and locks on the door. After discussions between the workers, Clara helps urge the girls to fight for their rights.
I am sucker for this biographical picture book for two reasons: 1) I had not known about the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 before and I love learning about new historical moments. I know that it interested me (as I know it would for kids), because after I read the additional information about the garment industry I was on the internet searching for more information. 2) Clara is such a great example of girl power! AND she is a historical figure that shows girls (and boys) that girls can stand up for themselves when they are not being treated well (in real life). I love that she overcame so much to not only stand up for her rights, but also to get an education and take care of her family. What an amazing person to learn about.(less)
This book definitely showed me that I have HUGE gaps in knowledge in history, science, and math. Reading this book was so challenging for me - probably one of the hardest books I've read in a very, very long time. It took me 10 days because most days I didn't read much because I'd find myself rereading or going online to research or just overwhelmed by the little bit I read. If anyone ever tells you that graphic novels are not complex or challenging texts, hand them this book.
Now, all of this is saying things about myself, not about the book. The book itself was fascinating. I learned so much! I'll be honest. Physics is still so over my head and most of the physics stuff talked about in the book (and that I researched) just didn't make sense to me; however, this book also includes a great story of Feynman's life and history about the atomic bomb, NASA, and the Nobel Prize. All of which I did truly enjoy and learn something from. It was also quite funny at times- Feynman was a character!
So, if it was so good, why the 3 stars. The 3 stars is how I rate it for myself. Although it did have enjoyable parts, most of the time I actually found myself dreading reading the book because I knew how hard it would be or how lost I'd get. [Makes me feel for our struggling readers who are given text that are too hard for them and not given scaffolding.] For others this book may be a 5 star book. If I just took the quality of the book, it would be 5 stars for me, but I had to look at more than that. Because of that, 3 stars it is. (less)
A wonderful story about the start of the Charleston and also how one man could change every life he touches. I also love how the story was told; remin...moreA wonderful story about the start of the Charleston and also how one man could change every life he touches. I also love how the story was told; reminds me of Pinkney informational nonfiction pictures books. (less)
This book is a great book for both science and reading. Students can not only study the different animal bones, but also compare/contrast the skeleton...moreThis book is a great book for both science and reading. Students can not only study the different animal bones, but also compare/contrast the skeletons. This book is set up in a way that will entertain readers and will also teach them something.(less)
Three woman in the 1960s and 1970s took part in primatology research that would change the way that we think about primates. Three woman who took a chance and researched potentially dangerous animals in their wild habitats. Three woman who took risks when many did not believe that woman should be part of the sciences. Primates tells the stories of Jane Goodall, a researcher of chimps, Dian Fossey, a gorilla expert, and Birute Galdikas, an orangutan researcher, and how their lives overlap and differ.
I may be bias, but this is one of my favorite nonfiction graphic novels ever. Bias because I am a huge ape advocate and am fascinated by them. These creatures are amazing; their intelligence is so remarkable that it is hard to even fathom. The reason why I loved this book is because it takes you through the research of three groundbreaking woman scientists and what they learned about the three completely different apes. It makes sure to show how each ape is different and spectacular as well as how each lady’s research made an impact.(less)
Monika Mira obviously cares about the animals she writes about in her books. The Green Sea Turtles are no different. This book is set up to introduce the reader to these majestic creatures first with basic information including anatomy, diet, mating, behaviors, and habitat. It then shares with the readers the threats that Green Sea Turtles face from predators to marine debris and diseases. Finally, the book ends with how the reader can help sea turtles and the reefs. I love nonfiction books that makes the reader realize that what they are reading about isn't something that doesn't affect them and there is something that they can do to make a difference.
"You have already begun your journey to help protect turtles by reading this book. Getting informed is the single most important thing that you can do to protect sea turtles." (p. 24)
Mentor text for: Making connections, Vocabulary development, Research(less)