Scientists Get Dressed

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Info-packed look at what scientists wear to do their jobs.

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Educational Value

Shows all sorts of interesting, compelling projects scientists are engaged in, including space, ocean, cave, volcano, stream, and glacier exploration; wildlife studies, turtle and raptor rescue; bee, brain, bat, and dinosaur research. Introduces scientific vocabulary like camouflage, ecolocation, ecosystem, organism, prosthetic, and crampons. Lists possible jobs in science, including neurologist, paleontologist, ecologist. Fun material at the back of the book encourages readers to "Tell your own STEM stories" with words and photos "just like real scientists do." A fun exercise asks if you were a scientist, what would you wear on your head, hands, feet, etc.? A sidebar explains how you can be a "citizen scientist," and another gives resources on how to observe and protect birds. The book also includes an educational poster on the reverse of the book jacket, showing a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marine biologist satellite-tagging an endangered whale shark.

Positive Messages

"From head to toe, and in between, scientists get dressed for the work they do and the places they do it!" "Astronomers, and anyone watching a solar eclipse, must wear special dark glasses. Without these, eclipse watchers’ eyes could be burned by the sun’s rays." "Understanding and protecting bee colonies doesn’t just help bees, but humans too." "Men and women from all cultures and backgrounds choose careers as scientists and engineers. Science affects everyday life. Creativity and imagination are important to science." "Science knowledge helps us know about the world."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Shows men and women of different ages and races doing great work to better understand creatures on our planet, outer space, and other planets. Shows an African American female NASA astronaut and a White female scientist in a wheelchair who's hoisted by ropes up to the treetops to collect and study microscopic organisms that live high in the forest canopy.

Violence & Scariness

Mention that an eagle got a prosthetic beak made in a 3-D printer after its beak was shot off by a poacher. 


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scientists Get Dressed, by science writer Deborah Lee Rose (Beauty and the Beak), is a wonderful introduction to science that shows a wide range of scientific endeavors. The clever part is coming at science from the angle of what the scientists wear to do their jobs. Whether it's a crisp white lab coat, a muddy pair of boots, gloves to protect you from hot lava, or a big, cumbersome space suit, each outfit is designed to protect the person -- as well as the creature or environment being studied -- from harm. Clear, concise text blocks and exciting photos make it an entertaining, informative read for kids and adults. 

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What's the story?

SCIENTISTS GET DRESSED offers mini-profiles of all sorts of different jobs that scientists do and what they wear to do them. Included are a brain researcher, astronauts, a marine biologist, astronomers, space engineers, a paleontologist, a raptor biologist, a wildlife refuge manager and photographer, and more. Photos accompany short text blocks and give a clear picture of the work the scientists are doing.  

Is it any good?

This exciting introduction to the vast world of science shows kids an array of different jobs scientists do, conveys the importance of scientific study and research, and makes it look fun. If kids thought all scientists wear lab coats and work indoors, this book will show them that's not the case. The kid-friendly design makes it easy to get swept up in the thrill of discovery, with vivid color photos, short but detailed captions, intriguing headlines, and clear, concise text. Several inviting activities and resources at the back of the book offer more ways for kids to get involved. This is a great, accessible package for kids at home or in the classroom. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all the different jobs shown in Scientists Get Dressed. What kind of scientist would you like to be? Can you imagine getting bundled up to keep warm in Antarctica? Or slipping into a wind-resistant suit and skydiving to prepare for work as an astronaut?

  • Which scientist's job surprised you the most? What did you learn about that job that you didn't know before? What do you think is the most fun thing about being a scientist? What do you think is the most challenging thing?

  • Pick a science job you'd like to do and draw a picture of yourself in the outfit that you'd need to do that job. 

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