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"Editor's Choice" Science Books & Films
Science Books and Films gave You Can Be A Woman Engineer by Judith Love Cohen (ill. by David Katz) their Editor's Choice. Their review stated in part: This book's beautifully written text and focused message make it a highly recommended book for its target audience-- young girls. Engineer Judith Love Cohen, because she heard and answered the call to a career in science and engineering, speaks with an authentic voice. Cohen helps girls to see that the skills that females usually acquire (the preciseness that is required in following a recipe, the ability to visualize what is required for sewing), are among the ones needed to be a good engineer. The book concludes with two hands-on lessons that focus on astronomy.
"Beyond the obvious importance of encouraging little girls to dream big dreams by providing them with role models, this book provides an amazingly in-depth look at the range of skills that it takes to be an architect. It it therefore a wonderful tool for opening up the world of architecture for girls and boys alike." Katherine Diamond, AIA, Past President of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Science Books and Films gave You Can Be A Woman Architect by Margot Siegel and Judith Love Cohen (ill. by David Katz) their Recommendation. Their review stated in part: Margot Siegel, the architect profiled describes in her own words what made her want to become an architect and how she proceeded toward her goal. After telling of her schooling and current work, she asks, "Do you like to draw? Do you like to make things? Can you visualize three-dimensionally? Do you like to work with people? Then you can do it too. You can be a woman architect!" The narrative is followed by lesson plans for teachers or other adults to use with children. The activities are easy to follow and go well with the book. This will be of interest to those who need to help expand the list of 21st-century career options available for girls and also boys.
"This book vividly portrays the exciting and unique field of underwater science which beckons the young girl curious about nature and the world around her. The mix of fun in the water, travel to exotic places, a concern for the environment and just plain hard work creates a delightful range of experiences for any young girl contemplating her future." Dr. Ann M. Muscat, Deputy Director-Exhibits and Education, California Museum of Science and Industry Science Books and Films gave You Can Be A Woman Marine Biologist by Florence McAlary and Judith Love Cohen (ill. by David Katz) their recommendation. Their review stated in part: The marine biologist profiled is Dr. Florence McAlary. She describes her formative years, when she loved to fish with her grandfather, and tells of her early curiosity about the sea, her studies, and her current projects. She also challenges young girls to explore the world of marine biology. The narrative is followed by lesson plans for teachers or other adults to use with children. The activities are easy to follow and go well with the book. This will be of interest to those who need to help expand the list of 21st-century career options available for girls and also boys.
This book by Valerie Thompson and Judith Cohen, portrays the diverse and vibrant world of a woman zoologist from trips to Africa to teaching students of all ages about the animals in her charge. It also captures her challenge to today's young girls to help save this heritage for the future. "The professional women who prepared this book in support of women succeeding as zoologists can back up their thesis by their own success in field zoology. The book's interesting cover gives promise of a lively presentation to come." Staff,Science Book and FilmsUnique Science Supplements: latest information
This book (Careers in Archaeology Part 1) by Betsy Morrell Bryan and Judith Cohen, invites a young girl to picture herself standing in the sands of Egypt doing her first "dig" into the past. Dr. Bryan's work has taken her from digging in Egypt to collecting and cataloging the stunning golden artworks of the Egyptian pharaohs and their families. "The writing is quite good; an Egyptologist shares how she became interested in the profession, what she does, and some of the more exciting discoveries she's made." Staff, School Library Journal
You Can Be A Woman Paleontologist by Diane Gabriel and Judith Cohen, (ill. by David Katz) takes young people to the glorious badlands of Montana
looking for dinosaur fossils and for a walk back in time to an
earlier era. Science Books and Films gave this book
their Editor's Choice. Their review stated in part: This is a nice book
for helping girls understand that they can have a career as a
paleontologist. The information is equally true for boys, but the book
sticks to its purpose of explaining the career options to girls.
Details are given and questions are posed for girls to evaluate whether
paleontology would be a good career choice. The volume also stresses the
values of enjoying reading, of getting good grades, ands of the possibility
of attending university later in life to enhance one's career choisces. It
is obvious that a paleontologist wrote the book, because the information is accurate and complete. Overall, this book serves its purpose well.
Sharon Roth Franks' book "...gives a fascinating, realistic portrayal of the enticing world of oceanography. The authors paint a wonderful picture of the thrill and fun of working at sea and gathering data from the mysterious depths of the ocean. By illuminating the many delightful ways in which young women can discover science, they convey the disparate paths that can be followed within oceanography. This book will be an exciting inspiration to any girl interested in discovering adventure in science and life." Dr. Rebecca Schudlich, School of Oceanography, University of Washington