S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet
by Larry Verstraete
What clutter-busting need was behind the invention of the World Wide Web? Which stain-fighting chemical got its start when a lab assistant dropped a beaker on a lab floor? In S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet, the origins behind some of the most important scientific discoveries are explored. Budding young scientists will learn what Galileo witnessed in a church that led to his theory of measurement; how biologist Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, helped to spur the first call to action in the environmental movement; and why Ivan Pavlov's study of a drooling dog laid the foundations for a new branch of psychology. From discoveries that fundamentally changed scientific methods to everyday inventions that are now taken for granted, S is for Scientists sheds light on the events and people who have shaped our lives today. 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.
- Dewey: 500
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585364701): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 10 (h), © 2010, 08/24/2010
- PDF (9781585366255): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 11 (h), © 2010, 11/12/2010
- Hosted ebook (9781627534444): 40 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Subject: Language Arts
- Series: Science Alphabet
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
- ATOS Reading Level: 7.6
- ATOS Interest Level: MG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 140043
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / General (see also headings under Animals or Technology) (JNF051000)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts / Alphabet (JNF013010)
- McNally Robinson Book Award for Young People Nominee--Younger Category, Runner-up, 2012
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Author: Larry Verstraete
Larry Verstraete, a native Manitoban, grew up in the French Quarter of Winnipeg, a stone’s throw from the Golden Boy. A former teacher, he now spends his time writing, visiting young readers in schools and libraries, and presenting at conferences and festivals. Larry’s first picture book was G is for Golden Boy: A Manitoba Alphabet, and his eighth book for young people.
Illustrator: David Geister
Artist Dave Geister tells stories through his historical paintings and costumed storytelling. He enjoys doing school visits almost as much as painting children’s book illustrations. Teachers and librarians often comment on the rapport that Dave establishes with children and staff and how he encourages them to do their art.
Dave is married to Pat Bauer, author of his most recent book B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet.