Profiles the man who made his mark as developer of a polio vaccine, struggled to deal with the resultant fame, and emerged as a philosoper/scientist, writing and speaking about our responsibility for the future.
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Reviewed with Deanne Durrett's Jim Henson.
Gr. 2-5. Two books in the Inventors and Creators series showcase individuals who left their marks in areas that seem worlds apart.Salk looks at the man who, in spite of a lack of respect within the scientific community of his day, helped make dreaded polio a thing of the past. The well-organized text, suitably illustrated with archival photos and quotes, provides a sense of the social ramifications of polio epidemics as it traces Salk from boy to scientist, revealing him to be a perfectionist who valued creativity above research reporting. Henson, creator of the hugely popular Muppets, is followed from his Mississippi boyhood and earliest experiences with puppetry to his TV breakthrough, fame, and untimely death. Lots of photos of the Muppets are scattered through the text, along with rather impersonal shots of places and ideas related to Henson. The workings of the Muppets are explained, but the illustrations reveal little about the relationship between the camera and the puppeteer or about the structure of the puppets. Each volume ends with a glossary, a bibliography, and a list of Web sites to help children find out more. Francisca Goldsmith
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Grade 4-6-In four short chapters, Durrett discusses Salk's childhood and education, early research, development of the polio vaccine, and legacy. The book has relatively large print, section headings, numerous black-and-white and color photographs, and color illustrations. Jim Hargrove's The Story of Jonas Salk and the Discovery of the Polio Vaccine (Children's, 1990; o.p.) is similar in length and contains the same basic information for young researchers, but libraries that need another title on the scientist will not be disappointed in this one.
Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA
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Book Description Kidhaven, 2002. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110737712775
Book Description Kidhaven, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0737712775