Academic journal article Science and Children

Promoting Health, Preventing Disease

Academic journal article Science and Children

Promoting Health, Preventing Disease

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By Rebecca Vickers. 48 pp. $25.49. 2011. ISBN: 9781410943019. Raintree. (Grade 3)

This freestyle book is one of a series focusing on the environment. This edition focuses on promoting health and preventing disease, spotlighting the importance of wise personal choices and healthy lifestyles as well as the importance of controlling the spread of disease. The book also highlights how many health issues and problems have solutions. Woven throughout the narrative is the idea of personal responsibility.

As with other volumes in this series the book is well written and contains suggestions for carrying out personal research, finding out more, and asks '"What would you do?" about particular problems and issues. Readers consistently find a word bank at the bottom of right-hand pages that displays and quickly defines newly introduced words. At first glance, this appears to be a boon to a struggling reader but might also be a problem because new vocabulary is rapidly introduced within the text and the short definitions provided are sometimes sketchy.

Raintree lists the book as a Level S, which translates to approximately fifth grade, at which time a reader should be fluent. Teachers, particularly those teaching health or social studies, will find this book a good resource; reading selections as appropriate to reinforce content and/or engage students rather than using it as a stand-alone. A more conventional use might be as a "student choice" reader for a classroom library, or extended reading for those students interested in the topic. …

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