Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America's Own Backyard (Scientists in the Field Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-17 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings

" Great book from the Scientists in the Field series. This book talks about gila monsters, geysers and grizzly bears. It provides great information that students would really like. The pictures are great. " said.

" I read each new entry with such glee. They are getting better and better. This one focuses on the work that scientists are doing in the National Parks and the ways that citizen scientists might contribute. Well-organized, engaging text, fantastic photographs, useful side bars, glossary - the whole neat package. Must add to collections and science units! " said.

"Motivated by the bitterly cold, winter weather that has settled into my area, I picked this book up to think about fun places to see during summer vacation. This book does an awesome job drawing the reader in to three awesome parks - Yellowstone National Park, Saguaro National Park, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The book is separated into three sections by park, and each section has two chapters that give details and super photographs of the work that scientists and volunteers are doing to study and protect the natural wonders and wildlife in these protected areas.

We learn about the geysers and grizzly bears in Yellowstone, gila monsters and cacti in Saguaro, and salamanders and fireflies in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All three of these parks have scientists, ecologists, and tourists who are working together to learn all they can about how to preserve these beautiful places for animals and people to enjoy for years to come. After reading it, I'm inspired to travel to these parks and others like it to see what I can learn and what I can do to help.
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" Non-fiction. An excellent non-fiction book with lots of great facts about the national parks. " said.

"Nonfiction Entry/ Twin Text Entry #4

This book is an informational nonfiction that provides a lot of information about three National Parks in America, Yellowstone National Park, Saguaro National Park, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It gives information about animals that can be found in these parks such as bears, salamanders, and Gila monsters. The chapters about the Saguaro Desert really interested me because I used to live in Tucson, where this National Park is located. The book states "Science is important for managing the natural resources of parks, but parks are also important for science itself."

I found a children's fiction chapter book called Desert Danger written by Jan Burchett and Sara Volger. This book takes place in the Kalahari Desert, which is in Africa. This book is about a lion cub that gets stuck in a well and so the mother of the cub is preventing locals from being able to get water. The two main characters in the book, Ben and Zoe, travel to the desert to try to help, but there are dangerous desert creatures, a sandstorm, and the heat that made obstacles for them. This book also includes science because of the technology Ben and Zoe use, such as BUGs. They are devices that their uncle invented and can use satellite maps, communicators, and animal trackers.

I believe these two books would be good for intermediate grade levels. The nonfiction books provides a lot of information about different national parks and the animals. It has advanced content and vocabulary for the older students. The fiction book is a chapter book, so would be for the older kids as well. Both books provide information about deserts and their dangerous animals. The Park Scientist book provides facts about the desert and students could compare and contrast what is said in the nonfiction book and fiction book, about the deserts, animals, and science.
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" Great close up as to how to life a scientist life style in the Nat'l. Parks. And why their work is so essential " said.

" Another great entry in the Scientists in the field series. It made me wish one of these large national parks was nearby.Most kids may not read this book from cover to cover because the stories are so different but they are all cool in their own way. " said.

" I liked how this book showcased scientists that do "different" things like study bears or insects at national parks. It is a great non-fiction book with colorful photos and diagrams. It is a bit long, but it's possible a student could be engaged simply by reading one "chapter"2/3 " said.

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