9781634304139. ea vol: 48p. (Scientists in the Field). glossary. index. photos. websites. Rourke. 2015. Tr. $32.79. pap. $9.95. ebk. $24.95.
Gr 4–7—Readers are taken into the field to experience the daily activities of professionals in different fields, along the way gaining a better grasp of each occupation and the science behind it. The authors don't shy from details of on-the-job dangers, but the emphasis is really on the everyday tasks these scientists undertake, both exciting and mundane. Graphics including photos, charts, and diagrams enhance the text, and a time line conveys the advancements made in each profession. A section called "Before & After Reading Activities" is aimed at parents and educators: "Building Academic Vocabulary and Background Knowledge" allows adults to help kids consider what they already know about the topic and what they'd like to learn, while the "Comprehension and Extension Activity" tests understanding of the subject and suggests ways to pursue independent study.
VERDICT Engaging and informative, this series will appeal to students exploring STEM careers and those with an interest in the natural world.

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