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Science

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This is a collection of people who are curious of their surrounding, and find out the answer of their question through science. Why does an apple fall from the tree, mused Sir Isaac Newton one day. Or even a scientist whom I just found out today, George de Hevesy. 

From simple matter that poked their curiosity, they made series of investigation, and contributed to the world in the form of findings. Truly remarkable.
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Rated 4 1/2 stars - Great for primary school aged children to learn about different scientists. It would sit well in a child's own book collection or school library or the children's area of a public library and if that's not enough, it would contribute very well to S.T.E.M for a lovely introduction to some prominent scientists around the world.

From Sir Isaac Newton and his theory of gravity to Ada Lovelace and her cards that are considered to be the first computer programme to Alexander Fleming winning the nobel prize to Valentina Terechkova being the first woman to travel into space; these are just a few scientists who are named in this book. Each page, in this short book, has someone different who is deemed prominent in the field of science, and a short paragraph about who they were  and what they achieved, accompanied by bright illustrations, almost in story form, in the way each paragraph starts, in this is a great introductory guide for children. The way each page is written, is gently informative and puts each person into context and then adds the information about them. It manages to stay away from being dry. Rather, it is educational fun and written in a way that is easy for children to understand. The entertaining headings and illustrations for each page are also sure to grab children's attention.

In snappy paragraphs they will learn much and there's enough to spark curiousity.  The book also concludes what the 12 prominent scienists in the book looked like and also reiterates where they originated from. The book not only shows UK male and female scientists, but those from around the world.
This book would be ideal for S.T.E.M activities to introduce children to the people behind the technologies, space, gravity, medicine etc that they are so familiar with.
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This is a great book for children which shows different scientists and their lives, as well as their contributions to our world.  The graphics are beautiful and very colourful.  This would be a good book to have in a school or library, as it is educational.  My daughter and I enjoyed reading this book together.

Many thanks to the author, publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 
The perfect introduction to some of the best female and male minds in Science. This book is perfect for primary aged children who love to find out more about extraordinary people in history. If they have ever read and loved the Little People, Big Dreams books, then they will also adore this Small Great Gestures series. This book devotes a page of easy to read facts about a famous scientist with another page used to provide a stunning illustration. As an adult I have learned new facts too and the pages are just beautiful.  #smallgreatgestures  #smallgreatgesturesscience #franciscollorca #ikerayestaran #emmamartinez #netgalley #allisonandbusby
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This is a really good book for budding scientists, I think it is a great introduction the subject and introduces the most famous scientific figures to young minds! There are some great famous quotes, ready to inspire, and some eye-catching illustrations! There are some difficult words, so i would advise that it is a book for ages 10+ but if read by an adult, would appeal to younger.
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Thank you Net Galley for the ARC of Science by Francisco Llorca. I was excited to get this book as I always love to learn about new inventors and innovators to share with my elementary students. There are 12 short biographies with illustrations that highlights what the scientist accomplished. The scientists come from all parts of history, from 1666-2018 and from around the world. At the end of the book, are portraits or photos of all scientists. I did learn about a few new scientists such as George DeHevesy (chemistry) and Richard Stallman (software), but six of the people in this book I had heard of before such as Darwin, Mead, and Hawking.  If you are looking for a book to add to your classroom library, this has some good short bios for students to read, grades 3-5.  I was a little disappointed with the content of the biographies as some seemed to lack details, such as with Srinivasa Ramanujan. The illustration for Darwin didn't match the information in the text.  Possibly illustrating what Darwin saw in the birds he observed would be helpful for the students reading the information.  As this was an e-book, I would have liked to see some links included in the book either with each page or at the end to learn more about each scientist.  Overall, if you are looking for quick introductions to scientists for elementary students, this book works.
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I had high hopes for Francisco Llorca's book, Science. The idea of a book dedicated to scientists is very appealing to me. The illustrations are appealing and have a look which is slightly reminiscent of Rebel Girls and other history and science books with infographic style art. However, as a resource book, it falls short. There isn't enough information about each scientist, and there aren't very many scientists in the book. The age group which would be interested in learning more wouldn't be provided enough information. The amount of information would be better suited to a young audience, who would likely find the text dry and uninteresting. The illustrations are probably the best part of the book and could be used to tell young children stories about the scientists in question. However, they are better books out there.
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A great book for children.  We do a lot of science work and found this to be a great resource. Thank you.
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I am reviewing this as a teacher, I feel like this book is a lovely resource to use in the classroom. All of the illustrations are gorgeous and the amount of information about each scientist is just right. Would highly recommend it as a starting point on scientists.
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This would be a nice addition to a classroom library for independent reading.    Each scientist’s history and contributions are described at an introductory level.   Readers could then be encouraged to explore more in-depth information about stories they found intriguing.   

The book include several female and non-western scientists and is very clear about the prejudices they faced and how that affected their careers.  

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
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What a fun book for children about different scientists and innovations! I loved the colorful illustrations and the author does a great job of succinctly summarizing each scientist's life, inspiration, and contributions. The content is great, but I do wish there was more as it's a pretty short book. I think parents will enjoy sharing this one with their kids!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this ARC.
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I like books from this edition. It's nice that towards the end there were pictures of scientists added.
Nice drawing along and interesting and useful information. 
Would suggest this book for children 6+ years.
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This book shone light on several scientists that might not be familiar to young readers. It gave a short intoduction to how they impacted the science world. The illustrations are drawn, with pictures of the real scientists at the end. Good way to get kids wanting to learn more or be introduced to the topic.
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This book, destined for educators and primary school librarians, is a healthy quick speed through the stories of some of science's best and brightest thinkers.  Starting with Newton watching the apple fall we are up to pace, with one three-paragraph chunk of text overlain on a colourful double-page spread for every subject.  And they're a healthy spread of topics, from the usual (Ada Lovelace, Darwin, et al) to the less common (an Indian maths genius, Margaret Mead and her anthropology).  I do think it's a bit hindered by its "Small Great Gestures" tag that it shares with an "Art" companion volume, because not all the stories have that penny-dropping instance of a tiny thought making a big change to the world, or are over with in the speed of Rosalind Franklin taking her photo of DNA.  But instants that I'd never even heard of, such as a scientist dissolving three Nobel Prize Medals to keep the Nazis from nicking them while he guarded them on behalf of Jewish winners, do make for great little narratives.
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