After nine years of blogging, we have decided to take a break. We are both juggling so many other obligations it is challenging to keep up with reading and reviewing all the nonfiction titles being published.
Authors, publishers, and readers, we thank everyone for your support over the years.
All the best,
The Nonfiction Detectives
Cathy and Louise
It is amazing how quickly a year goes by. It seems like just yesterday 2019 began, and here we are selecting this year's favorites, and in a few weeks the ALA Media Awards will be announced from Philadelphia, PA at ALA Midwinter. Cathy and I always wonder if any of the titles we reviewed will win an award. We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?
When astronauts view Earth from space, the sense of oneness
they feel is termed the Overview Effect.
It describes the awareness that we are all part of the same humanity.Astronauts, when they see Earth from space,
say the experience changes them forever. The view gives them a greater
connection to Earth, its people, and the environment.
The large-format sized book is divided into nine chapters.
Each chapter examines a different aspect of our planet. From natures wonders to
how humans are affecting the plant, each full-page color photograph is
captioned, giving a brief explanation as to why it is included in the book.
“Uluru, also called
Ayers Rock, in Australia’s Northern Territory, is a giant sandstone rock
formation that rises above an otherwise flat plan. Estimated to be 600 million
years old, Uluru is 1,142 feet (348 m) high and 6 miles (9.7 km) around at the
base. Like a land iceberg, Uluru also extends underground another 2 miles (3.2
km). The rock is a sacred site for the Aboriginal people of the area, who first
settled there 10,000 years ago.”
Grant and Markle also include environmental concerns to
encourage readers to contemplate their role in creating a healthy planet.
Back matter includes bibliography, resources on how you can
help our planet to have a healthy future, and index that includes not only page
numbers but coordinates to use when searching Google Earth or the satellite
mode of Google Maps!
A truly awe-inspiring book.
To write this review, I borrowed the book from my local public library.
Laura Gehl; Illustrated by Louise Pigott and Alex Oxton
Whitman & Company. 2019
Grades 2 – 5
“The Hubble Telescope changed the way people
saw the universe, and helped scientists make giant leaps in understanding
picture book biography, Gehl tells the true story of Nancy Grace Roman
(1925-2018), the scientist responsible for putting the Hubble Telescope into
Born in 1925,
despite being discouraged, Roman studied and became an astronomer. In 1959,
Roman joins the newly created NASA as their Chief of Astronomy and Relativity
Programs. Though Congress approved funding
for the development of the Hubble Telescope, it was not launched into orbit
The text is
engaging and the digital images draw readers’ attention into the story. Back
matter includes an author’s note and timeline.
A nice addition to the growing number of books that celebrate women scientists.
I used an uncorrected proof sent to me by
the publisher to write this review.