As an informational text, this falls short; as an inspirational book, it could still do better.

SHE PERSISTED IN SCIENCE

BRILLIANT WOMEN WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

Clinton highlights the accomplishments of women who have pursued STEM careers despite sexism.

On an opening spread depicting a diverse group of people exploring STEM displays in a museum exhibit, Clinton tells readers that sexism exists in STEM but that “the world needs everyone’s scientific discoveries.” She spotlights individuals such as health care workers Florence Nightingale and Rebecca Lee Crumpler, chemist Rosalind Franklin, and molecular biologist Flossie Wong-Staal, mathematicians and computer scientists Grace Hopper and Gladys West, primatologist Jane Goodall, architect Zaha Hadid, and astronaut Ellen Ochoa. Mari Copeny and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, advocates for clean water in Flint, Michigan, are profiled together. The final spread highlights youth climate activists Autumn Peltier, Greta Thunberg, and Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti. The brief entries appear to be arranged chronologically by the subjects’ dates of birth, although no dates are listed anywhere in the book and no backmatter is included. Each profile contains at most a paragraph and a quote from each woman, although they are only rarely attributed. As with the previous two volumes, calm, muted watercolor-and-ink illustrations appear throughout. While the individuals covered here are diverse in terms of race, no out queer women are featured, and apart from Temple Grandin’s autism, no other disabilities are discussed. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

As an informational text, this falls short; as an inspirational book, it could still do better. (Informational picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: March 1, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-593-35329-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Philomel

Review Posted Online: June 8, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2022

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HELLO, HARVEST MOON

As atmospheric as its companion, Twilight Comes Twice, this tone poem pairs poetically intense writing with luminescent oils featuring widely spaced houses, open lawns, and clumps of autumnal trees, all lit by a huge full moon. Fletcher tracks that moon’s nocturnal path in language rich in metaphor: “With silent slippers / it climbs the night stairs,” “staining earth and sky with a ghostly glow,” lighting up a child’s bedroom, the wings of a small plane, moonflowers, and, ranging further afield, harbor waves and the shells of turtle hatchlings on a beach. Using creamy brushwork and subtly muted colors, Kiesler depicts each landscape, each night creature from Luna moths to a sleepless child and her cat, as well as the great moon sweeping across star-flecked skies, from varied but never vertiginous angles. Closing with moonset, as dawn illuminates the world with a different kind of light, this makes peaceful reading either in season, or on any moonlit night. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 22, 2003

ISBN: 0-618-16451-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Clarion Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2003

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“It’s time to head back home,” the narrator concludes. “You’ve touched the Earth in so many ways.” Who knew it would be so...

TOUCH THE EARTH

From the Julian Lennon White Feather Flier Adventure series , Vol. 1

A pro bono Twinkie of a book invites readers to fly off in a magic plane to bring clean water to our planet’s oceans, deserts, and brown children.

Following a confusingly phrased suggestion beneath a soft-focus world map to “touch the Earth. Now touch where you live,” a shake of the volume transforms it into a plane with eyes and feathered wings that flies with the press of a flat, gray “button” painted onto the page. Pressing like buttons along the journey releases a gush of fresh water from the ground—and later, illogically, provides a filtration device that changes water “from yucky to clean”—for thirsty groups of smiling, brown-skinned people. At other stops, a tap on the button will “help irrigate the desert,” and touching floating bottles and other debris in the ocean supposedly makes it all disappear so the fish can return. The 20 children Coh places on a globe toward the end are varied of skin tone, but three of the four young saviors she plants in the flier’s cockpit as audience stand-ins are white. The closing poem isn’t so openly parochial, though it seldom rises above vague feel-good sentiments: “Love the Earth, the moon and sun. / All the children can be one.”

“It’s time to head back home,” the narrator concludes. “You’ve touched the Earth in so many ways.” Who knew it would be so easy to clean the place up and give everyone a drink? (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: April 11, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5107-2083-1

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Review Posted Online: Feb. 4, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2017

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