A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World is an illustrated encyclopedia in chronological order of women who have made important discoveries and contributions in a wide variety of STEM fields. All the women are presented in a positive light, with emphasis on their achievements and obstacles they overcame. It'll really encourage girls to pursue their dreams and maybe convince more than a few that if these women can make it, so can they. Big science buffs will enjoy reading through it, but it's best as a resource, at home or at school, for kids who need inspiration for a report topic or who are curious about women's history, science history, or the sciences as fields of study. There's a glossary, but there's also a lot that's not explained, so kids should be encouraged to look up anything they don't understand.
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What's the story?
From Hypatia in ancient Egypt to current cutting-edge mathematicians, WOMEN IN SCIENCE: 50 FEARLESS PIONEERS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD tells about the lives, achievements, and challenges behind some of science's biggest breakthroughs. It encourages interest in the sciences and provides encouragement and inspiration, for girls especially.
Is it any good?
This charmingly illustrated encyclopedia is sure to spark interest, imagination, and a can-do attitude in middle-grade girls interested in STEM subjects. Huge science buffs will want to savor Women in Science by reading it through, but its brief biographies of women from a wide range of backgrounds and areas of expertise make it a great classroom or library go-to for students looking for report topics. The chronological presentation enriches historical context and obstacles the women overcame, and tweens and teens will be inspired by the examples set before them, as well as by the strong arguments presented that science needs lots more women involved in everything from space travel to microbiology. The notebook-doodle style of illustration keeps the pages lively and engaging.
As a reference book, the chronological presentation makes it difficult to find women by field of expertise, so a reader interested in astrophysicists, for example, would have to do a lot of flipping from the index. Placing life spans prominently near the name would have added a helpful quick reference, but the information is in the table of contents, and each biography does include dates for important life events. A few typos may confuse younger readers who might wonder what a "suggragist" is or think that the plural of "potato" doesn't have an "e." Although there’s a glossary, it's brief; a lot of terms aren't explained, so kids should be encouraged to look up anything they don't understand.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the women in Women in Science. Who was your favorite? Why?
Were you surprised about something you learned about one of the scientists or about science in general? What surprised you the most?
Which STEM field is most interesting to you? What kind of science jobs are there in that field?
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