Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World by Rachel Swaby - OPTIONAL

Swaby, Rachel  Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World, 167 pgs.  Delacorte Press, 2016.  $15.99  Content: Language: PG (1 swear); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.  

Thirty-three different women scientists are categorized into four areas of science: technology and invention, earth and stars, health and medicine, and biology.  Each category is given a two page introduction before each chapter is broken into a short biography of 4-6 pages about each woman and their contribution to science.  The scientific explanation of what they discovered is simplified and the eventual recognition they received is also listed.  

I enjoyed this book, reading a couple of chapters a day.  I think the overall emphasis was that women made amazing, life-changing contributions to our world and often times they were met with discrimination and hardship because of their gender.  This would be a book for teachers to break up and assign different women scientists, but I'm not sure how many kids would read this cover to cover. I also wish there would have been a little more about their personal lives.  

MS, HS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson. 

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