Monday, June 8, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: Extreme Scientists

One of the coolest books I've seen out this season is Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places, which is part of the "Scientists in the Field series by Donna M. Jackson. Filled with beautiful photographs and interesting sub-topics, this book is perfect for those adventure-type kids that love reading about thrills!

We get to learn about how three different "extreme" scientists go about their jobs in incredibly unique fields of work. From the "hurricane hunter," to the "cave woman," and finally the "skywalker," the book covers how each person got interested in their field in the first place, what the job entails, the different tools each person must use to best complete their job, and again, amazing photographs.

I was pretty impressed with Stephen Sillett's "skywalker" job, in which he scales redwood trees in order to study them. Now, I've seen these trees and they are absolutely huge, so the idea of someone hanging up at the top is pretty cool.

There is also a short question and answer session at the end of each job description, a section to find further info, and a glossary and index.

This would be a fabulous book for middle school and high school libraries.

To learn more, or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places
Donna M. Jackson
80 pages
Houghton Mifflin
May 2009


Charlotte said...

This sounds great-I'll look for it! Thanks.

Rawley said...

I put this book into our non-fiction bin and it was immediately snapped up. So many students kept asking me for it that I had to start a waiting list! The pictures are awesome!