Science Books & Films' Best Books for Children, 1988-91

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8 Environmental Sciences

General Topics

DEHR ROMA, and RONALD M. BAZAR. Good Planets Are Hard to Find! (Illus. by Nola Johnston.) Vancouver, BC: Earth Beat Press, 1990. 40pp. $4.95. 90-091251. ISBN 0-919597-09-2. EI, EA

In the words of the authors, this book is "an environmental information guide, dictionary, and action book for kids (and adults)." And that is exactly what it is! The alphabetically arranged environmental vocabulary includes a short (one- or two-paragraph) explanation for each term. Of the illustrations that accompany the text, some are adequate, some well done, and some highly explanatory. Suggested activities for third- through sixth-grade students are spread generously throughout the book, and a fabulous true-or-false quiz is found under the X and Y entries. The problems that can occur with a dictionary arrangement are here also, however, albeit infrequently. For example, how does one define "biodegradable" in a few sentences? One might profitably use this book as a text or as a supplement in a unit on ecology and environment in the third through sixth grades. In fact, it can be used in so many ways that it is obviously a very adaptable aid for the teacher. Even adults with little knowledge of environmental problems or understanding of ecological principles could benefit from reading this "dictionary."-- Robert R. Bryden, North Carolina Aquariums, Morehead City, NC

EARTH WORKS GROUP. 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth. Berkeley, CA: Earthworks Press, 1989. 96pp. $4.95 (paper). ISBN 0-929-634-06-3 (paper). EI-T, GA

This practical guide to the things each one of us can do to save the earth begins with background information on many environmental problems, such as alternatives to household hazardous wastes, stopping delivery of junk mail, use of energy-efficient light bulbs and shower heads, and recycling motor oil. For each problem, the book provides a simple solution that we can perform in our daily lives to help solve environmental issues. The effect of individual and global participation in such a solution is provided in easy-to-understand and real terms. The strength of the book is its simple, easy approach to environmental awareness. The authors present the material clearly, with easy-to-understand explanations and easy-to-do

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Description of Annotations xv
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • 1 - Agriculture and Veterinary Science 1
  • 2 - Archeology and Paleontology 5
  • 3 - Astronomy and Space Science 21
  • 4 - Biographies 34
  • 5 - Biological Sciences 43
  • 6 - Computers and Information Science 148
  • 7 - Earth Sciences 150
  • 8 - Environmental Sciences 170
  • 9 - General Science 184
  • 10 - History and Geography 200
  • 11 - Mathematics 207
  • 12 - Medical and Health Sciences 210
  • 13 - Museums and Zoos 229
  • 14 - Physical Sciences 234
  • 15 - Social Sciences and Psychology 247
  • 16 - Science/Language Arts Connection 258
  • 17 - Technology and Engineering 263
  • Author Index 274
  • Title Index 281
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