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Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet

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The true story of how a scientist saved the planet from environmental disaster.

Mexican American Mario Molina is a modern-day hero who helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s. Growing up in Mexico City, Mario was a curious boy who studied hidden worlds through a microscope. As a young man in California, he discovered that CFCs, used in millions of refrigerators and spray
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Charlesbridge Publishing
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BRILLIANT. Rusch tells the life story of Mario Molina, a Mexican American chemist and a key player in discovering how CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons in hair spray cans, refrigerators, air conditioners) were depleting the ozone. Beginning in the 1970s, his work led him and others to advocate that this was a global crisis and eventually the world turned the problem around. THIS STORY GIVES US HOPE THAT THE WORLD CAN TURN AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE!!!

Rusch's clear writing and Martinez's dynamic illustrations
Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet by Elizabeth Rusch and illustrated by Teresa Martinez is a must-read for kids of all ages, and probably for most adults as well.

Rusch's writing is crisp and accessible, and she tells the vital story of Mario Molina in a way that is easy to relate to. We see how curious Molina is from a young age and how he applies that curiosity to studying chemistry and to helping the planet. I think it's so great to see representation of a young
Thanks to Charlesbridge for this copy! Elizabeth Rusch tells the inspiring life story of Mario Molino, scientist, the person that is great to have on a "climate change" team.

When Mario Molino was eight he was given a microscope for his birthday, thus beginning his journey of "what ifs?". His chemist aunt brought more tools for his "lab" and eventually he talked his parents into creating his own laboratory from an extra bathroom. Here's a picture of that "new" room, illustrated whimsically by
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an insightful book about a very helpful man! Readers of any age will appreciate this book about a chemist who is dedicated to righting the environmental wrongs of humans. Please do not be misled by the negative review here-- Rusch's epilogue has no bashing of any kind, just pure facts and statements that can be backed up with clear, written evidence. I think the actions and thought behind those facts speak for themselves.
Brenda Kahn
Excellent and compelling storytelling in this picture book biography of the man who identified and explained the hole in the ozone layer. Cartoonish illustrations capture the energy of the scientist's budding brilliance as a youth through his education and discovery of the problem of CFCs. Plentiful back matter adds to an engaging story.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Biography of Mario Molina for young readers. Mario is the chemist who first discovered what CFC's were doing to the ozone layer. The book takes readers from his childhood to his current fight about climate warming.
Informative text at the end of the book provides further information.
Carlie Johnson
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Genre: realistic fiction
Grade: 1-4
Review: It’s an great story of Mario who starts off young and then as he grows older starts to discover things in science. I think that it is an inspiring book for children because what they do now can lead to the things they will do in the future.
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Shelves: 2019, latinx, science
Good text and an important story but hideous illustrations. Mario seems to vacillate between a plasticine chipmunk and a plasticine ape-man
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Melanie Dulaney
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
What a great book...until the epilogue! Young Mario began life with an interest in science that his parents fostered. His curiosity led him to create a lab in an unused room in his house and set him on a path to higher education and research into environmental issues. Author Elizabeth Rusch combines vivid text, full of a variety of figurative language elements, with beautiful, bold artwork from David Diaz to tell an inspiring story of a Mexican American’s quest to get CFCs banned in order to ...more
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ELIZABETH RUSCH is an award-winning book author, magazine writer, editor, writing teacher and speaker. Her wide-ranging passions include astronomy, volcanology, art, music, history, nature, waves, jokes, crayons, and mud — anything that catches her fancy. She is inspired by stories of exploration and discovery, stories that have been overlooked by history, and stories that grapple with persistent ...more