Saturday, May 23, 2015

Running Dry: Global Water Crisis by Stuart Kallen-ADVISABLE

Kallen, Stuart A., Running Dry: Global Water Crisis. Pgs. 64. Twenty First Century Books (Lerner Publishing Group), 2015. $33.32. INFORMATION.

About 1 out of every 9 people in the world doesn’t have access, to safe drinking water. Climate changes, massive storms, and industrial and agricultural pollution are just a few of the factors threatening the water supply and public health around the world. What is the world doing to fix the problem? What can you do? This book addresses these questions and more.

Although the book is heavily bias towards environmental reasons, the author does a great job of presenting the facts in a user-friendly fashion. The text and photos complement each other well. The intermixed fact bubbles are fun and informative. Included are source notes, further information links, and index for use with meeting common core standards. Readers interested in current issues or who need to read a non-fiction book will enjoy reading this book. MS, HS. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Jessica M, Library Media Specialit, Olympus Jr. High.

Alex the Ant Goes to the Beach by Eric Wayne Dickey-OPTIONAL

Dickey, Eric Wayne, ill. By Abbey Paccia Alex the Ant Goes to the Beach. Craigmore Creations, 2014. PICTURE BOOK. 

When Alex the ant goes to the beach as a scout for the first time, he sees that the beach has more excitement and dangers than he could’ve ever imagined. Will he be up to the task?

The text is a little long for a picture book, but the illustrations are well-done, detailed, and colorful. The text and the pictures complement each other well and do a great job of telling the story despite its length. A fun read aloud for a little bit older age or for those who are interested in ant life. EL (K-3). OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Jessica Moody, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.

Identify and Evaluate Advertising by Valerie Bodden-ADVISABLE

Bodden, Valerie, Identify and Evaluate Advertising. pgs. 40. Lerner Publishing, 2015. $30.65. INFORMATION

What is advertising? How do they work at persuading us? How does one distinguish fact from opinion and evaluate different biases? This book answers these questions and more in this guide.

This book as well as the others in the series a great addition to a common core non-fiction collection. The layout is great, the information is useful. The use of examples as well as tips and instruction on how ads work, figuring out biases, and how to discern articles from ads are just a few steps the author talks about. Easily tied back into the “Big 6” and other common core methods and standards, readers will have an easy following this book and teachers will be able to use it in their classroom instruction. Included are a glossary, index, further information sources, and a selected bibliography for further exploration. EL, MS. ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Jessica Moody, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.