Great Review from Bioscience Magazine
October 2008 American Institute of Biological Sciences
- Growing environmental concern has recently spiked as a result of
our gradual understanding and acknowledgment of global warming. The
term itself has become part of the lexicon in both scientific and
political arenas. Major socioeconomic decisions affecting not just
the United States but the world have already been made, and will increasingly
be made, on the basis of judgments about global warming. The topic
is rife with controversy. Nonetheless, an introduction to global warming
for children can take a direct and scientific approach. A
Clean Sky: The Global Warming Story (ages 9 to 12) does
just that. It is an appealing 48-page primer on global warming that
young readers will enjoy. The book provides an objective understanding
of a complex issue without adopting political overtones. Robyn C.
Friend and Judith Love Cohen (an aerospace engineer) are accomplished
writers of children's books on a variety of empowering subjects. Their
approach to global warming is to discuss it from a can-do perspective:
first explain the nature of the problem how does global warming
take place over time? and then offer some possible solutions
to fix it. For example, the term "greenhouse gases" is adequately
defined along with the need to curb emissions, then terminology such
as "carbon capture" and "geological storage" is
introduced as alternative methods for reducing greenhouse gases. The
result is a book that is both rational and engaging optimism
ENCOURAGE GIRLS IN SCIENCE & MATH
Library Association - Booklist gave You Can Be A
Woman Soccer Player (ISBN 1-880599-49-X, 1-880599-48-1
pbk) by Tisha Lea Venturini and Judith Love Cohen a good review. "This
slim volume combines Olympian and World Cup-winner Venturinis
biography with a slight but informative introduction to womens
soccer many color photos, there is fuel for young fans enthusiasm
here, both in images and in practical information.
- Booklist gave You Can Be A Woman Softball Player (ISBN
1-880599-47-3, 1-880599-46-5 pbk) by Sheila Cornell Douty and Judith
Love Cohen a good review. "With help from Cohen, Olympic softball
gold-medalist Douty shares the story of how she became a player on
the first Olympic womens softball team. Doutys story is
one of perseverance and discipline. Because of the phenomenal growth
of the sport, many young girls want to play the game, so, when not
in training, Douty works with kids at softball camps and clinics.
Action photographs fill the book.
- Booklist gave You Can Be A Woman Basketball Player
(ISBN 1-880599-40-6, 1-880599-34-8 pbk, 1-880599-39-2 and CD) by Tamecka
Dixon and Judith Love Cohen a good review. "Womens basketball
is hot. Tamecka Dixon is a blossoming player for the Los Angeles Sparks.
Tameckas dad started taking her to the basketball courts with
him when she was just three years old. The story follows Tameckas
hard work as she strives to be a good student and athlete. Many action
pics of her on the court help to enliven this inspiring story. The
authors also include the names and duties of the five team positions,
with a very good diagram a good and needed effort.
reviewed You Can Be A Woman Egyptologist (ISBN 1-880-45-7,
1-880599-10-4 pbk) by Betsy Morrell Bryan and Judith Love Cohen (ill.
by David Katz) and stated in part: "The writing is quite good;
an Egyptologist shares how she became interested in the profession,
what she does, and some of the more exciting discoveries she's made."
Books and Films
gave You Can Be A Woman Zoologist (ISBN 1-880599-56-2,
1-880599-55-4 pbk) by Valerie Thompson and Judith Love Cohen (ill.
By David Katz) their Recommendation. Their review stated in part:
The professional women who prepared this book in support of women
succeeding as zoologists can back up their thesis by their own success
in field zoology.
Books and Films
gave You Can Be A Woman Marine Biologist (ISBN 1-880599-54-6,
1-880599-53-8 pbk) by Florence McAlary and Judith Love Cohen (ill.
By David Katz) their Recommendation Their review stated in part: Dr.
Florence McAlary, the marine biologist profiled, helps expand the
list of 21st-century career options.
Books and Films
gave You Can Be A Woman Engineer (ISBN 1-880599-51-1,
1-880599-50-3 pbk) by Judith Love Cohen (ill. By David Katz) their
Editors Choice. Their review stated in part: This books
beautifully written text and focused message make it a highly recommended
book for its target audienceyoung girls. Engineer Judith Love
Cohen, because she heard and answered the call to a career in science
and engineering, speaks with an authentic voice.
gave You Can Be A Woman Astronomer (ISBN 1-880599-17-1
pbk) by by Andrea Mia Ghez and Judith Love Cohen (ill. By David Katz)
an enthusiastic review. The review stated in part:" Though the
title seems calculated to keep boys away, there's nothing here that
couldn't be read and understood by children of either gender. Ghez
describes her lifelong fondness for puzzles and difficult questions
that led her to become a scientist, and the excitement of using telescopes
and other devices to study the heavensparticularly the birth
of stars, her current field of research. The writing is simple but
precise; rather than just mentioning the Hubble Space Telescope as
one of her tools, she specifies which of its instruments she has utilized.
Consider it as a replacement for Paul Sipiera's I Can Be An Astronomer
Books and Films
gave You Can Be A Woman Architect (ISBN 1-880599-44-7,
1-880599-04-X pbk) by Margot Siegel and Judith Love Cohen (ill. By
David Katz) their Recommendation. Their review stated in part: Margot
Siegel, the architect profiled describes in her own words what made
her want to become an architect and how she proceeded toward her goal.
The activities are easy to follow and go well with the book. This
will be of interest to those who need to help expand the list of 21st-century
career options available for girls and also boys.
Books and Films gave You Can Be A Woman Paleontologist
(ISBN 1-880599-43-0, 1-880599-12-0 pbk) by Diane Gabriel and Judith
Love Cohen (ill. By David Katz) their Editor's Choice. Their review
stated in part: This is a nice book for helping girls understand that
they can have a career as a paleontologist. The information is equally
true for boys, but the book sticks to its purpose of explaining the
career options to girls. Details are given and questions are posed
for girls to evaluate whether paleontology would be a good career
choice. It is obvious that a paleontologist wrote the book, because
the information is accurate and complete. Overall, this book serves
its purpose well.
Books and Films gave A Clean Sea: The Rachel Carson
Story (ISBN 1-880599-61-0, 1-880599-16-3 pbk, 1-880599-62-7
pbk & DVD) by Carol Hilgartner Schlank and Barbara Metzger (ill.
By David Katz) their Editor's Choice. Their review stated in part:
This excellent book introduces the very young to one of our finest
20th-century naturalists who was also a pioneer advocate for cleaning
up the environment. Charming drawings should engage children, as will
the story. The five lesson plans included at the book's end should
especially help teachers to involve the youngsters with investigations
about life in the water and why a clean sea is imperative. The DVD
echoes the importance of keeping oceans free from pollution
while it is a bright colorful look at all kinds of sea life.
Susan Plaeger, Ph.D in microbiology and Associate Professor at UCLA
wrote about You Can Be A Woman Botanist (ISBN 1-880599-41-1, 1-880599-31-7
pbk) by Kristin Bozak and Judith Love Cohen (ill. By David Katz).
This Presents the study of plants as a dynamic and exciting
area of science. I particularly enjoyed the description of molecular
botany. The always vibrant artwork of David Katz is particularly appealing
here, with the wide world of flowers and plants as his subject matter.