It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.
This is our final week for our current reading theme. Might as well bring out the big guns with these two nonfiction picturebook titles on police forensic and espionage, simplified for children’s delectation.
Written by Adam Sutherland
Published by Wayland (2012)
ISBN: 0750277459 (ISBN13: 9780750277457). Book borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.
For young readers who are very much into spies, special agents, double agents, this book will whet their curiosity. It provides just a sampler that hopefully would make even the most reluctant readers interested enough to find even more substantial information on their own.
The book reads like a magazine of sorts, with lots of images, very short captions – with enough reference to popular media to engage a developing reader you would like to entice into picking up a book.
While librarians or teachers may regard the information as not that substantial or too flimsy and superficial – I do feel that there are spaces for books such as these in our libraries – mainly as gateway type of literature that would eventually build a developing reader’s stamina for longer texts.
This particular title also comes with suggested fun activities similar to the image above that young sleuths can try on their own to come up with their “top secret” messages.
Written by Adam Sutherland
Published by Lerner Publications Company (2012)
ISBN: 0761377743 (ISBN13: 9780761377740). Book borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.
This book begins with a short full-page-spread description of what forensic science is across different fields – an information that even I appreciated and did not know about. The following were mentioned: forensic toxicology, forensic psychology (of immense interest to me), forensic pathology, forensic graphology, and forensic dentistry.
There is also a list of “crime lab vocab” – a glossary of terms found in the beginning of the book to help the young reader get into the vibe of reading ‘forensically,’ if there is such a word.
The tools used by forensic scientists are mentioned, albeit briefly, with enough photographs and samplers to make it feel authentic. I especially liked reading about real life stories written by people who are in the field, and what motivated them to study forensic science.
I am certain that as a young child, I would have loved to read these titles. These books are fun, interesting, and engaging without being too overwhelming.