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

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ESKOW DENNIS. Laser Careers. (Illus.; a High-Tech Careers Bk.) NY: Watts, 1988. 112pp. $11.90. 87-21659. ISBN 0-531-10424-9. Index; C.I.P. EA-YA, GA

This book delivers just what the title promises. Books of this type fill a clear need of young people who are seeking guidance in selecting a career path. One of the appealing features of this book is that it recognizes that high-tech careers are not exclusively for highly gifted people. There are opportunities for many levels of ability and education. For example, laser applications appear in many fields, such as medicine, communications, industry, entertainment, and the military. Each application is shown to involve design and production, engineering, operating, maintenance, and service personnel. The reader can form an opinion or preference of these laser-related occupations based on the described activities performed. The author is quite skilled at communicating the world of technology to a lay audience. He is clear and direct without being condescending. In addition to the informative and helpful text, there are appendices containing a list for further reading and a descriptive list of schools that provide training for laser electro-optics technicians.-- Gary A. Griess, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

PARKER STEVE. How Things Work. (Illus.) NY: Random House, 1991. 145pp. $19.99. 90-9137. ISBN 0-679-80908-2. EI-YA, T

What an exciting book for children of all ages who are curious about such diverse things as how a soccer ball is made to what happens at an oil refinery! The book, which is divided into 10 chapters ranging from the human body to entertainment, has fascination topics for all ages. Due to the wide scope of the book, the information is not of great depth but is sufficient so that the reader will be able to discover some answers to questions. It will also stimulate further questions and discovery in many students. Perhaps two of the more popular chapters with youngsters would be Sports and Games and Entertainment." These two chapters focus on information in day-to-day life not usually found in

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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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