• Title: S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet (Science Alphabet)
  • Author: David Geister, Larry Verstraete
  • Released: 2010-08-24
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 32
  • ISBN: 1585364703
  • ISBN13: 978-1585364701
  • ASIN: 1585364703
From This latest entry in the publisher’s alphabet series packs a lot of elements into just 26 entries. The science ranges from aviation to zoology, but the featured words are general terms that are useful for all scientists—adapt, build, and compare, for starters. Each page includes a four-line poem featuring that page’s concept; a sidebar of fairly sophisticated text that describes the discovery of a particular scientist; and gentle yet realistic illustrations. For the poems, which don’t always scan, the author sometimes takes an informal tone in describing the scientists, many of whom won’t be familiar to elementary-school students: “In his classic experiment, / Ivan put dogs in the mood / of licking their chops and slobbering / even without having their food.” But the intelligent text makes up for the uneven poetry, elucidating an impressive variety of fields, continents, and time periods (from 265 BCE to the 1991 introduction of the World Wide Web). Ideal for young scientists who haven’t yet settled on their specialties. Grades 2-4. --Abby Nolan

About the Author

A former teacher, Larry Verstraete now spends his time writing, visiting schools and libraries, and presenting at conferences and festivals. S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet is his second picture book with Sleeping Bear Press. He lives in Winnipeg.

David Geister’s fascination with American history is celebrated in his work, and his paintings have been featured in The Saturday Evening Post. Dave’s books for Sleeping Bear Press include B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet and Riding to Washington. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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