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

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13 Museums and Zoos

ALEXANDER LIZA. A Visit to the Sesame Street Museum. (Illus. by Joe Mathieu ; a Pictureback Bk.) NY: Random House, 1987. 32pp. $5.99; 2.25 (paper). 87-1685. ISBN 0-394-98715-2; 0-394-88715-8 (paper).K, EP

For the money, this is a nice little book. Its message to children and parents is, "Go visit your community museum. You will find the museum interesting." This is certainly a worthy message. Also, the idea is conveyed correctly that museums now have special programs for children and, increasingly, interactive exhibits (as opposed to the passive ones of 30 years ago). The language is appropriate for grades K-2, and the illustrations are cute.-- Dale E. Ingmanson, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

CURTIS PATRICIA. Animals and the New Zoos. (Illus.) NY: Lodestar, 1991. vi+59pp. $15.95. 90-45748. ISBN 0-525-67347-4. Index.EA, JH

This nonsensational, well-written, and well-researched book offers a wealth of information on familiar and unfamiliar animals from a variety of habitats and discusses how human progress and mismanagement have succeeded in reducing their numbers. To balance such a deplorable situation, the book tells about the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (AAZPA) and its work to improve the lot of animals in captivity. Although the author chronicles some of the unpleasant situations that have occurred and still are occurring, emphasis is given to the positive results that accrue when animals in captivity are able to live in a situation that closely resembles their natural habitats. The illustrations are well chosen, and those of animals in appropriate habitats (34 color photos) are contrasted with those of animals in a poor situation (7 black-and-white photos). A checklist at the end showing what to look for in a new zoo should help raise the reader's consciousness. I look forward to sharing the book with young friends and believe it to be a suitable addition to a school library.-- Sheilagh Martin, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

DURRELL GERALD. Keeper. (Illus. by Keith West.) NY: Arcade (Little, Brown), 1990 (released in U.S. in 1991). 32pp. $13.95. 90-55612. ISBN 1-55970-122-6. C.I.P.K, EP

Gerald Durrell, a renowned naturalist and conservationist, is both the author of and a character in this story. Durrell, who created his own zoo on the Isle of

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Table of contents

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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