The True Story Of How A Scientist Saved The Planet From Environmental DisasterMexican American Mario Molina Is A Modern Day Hero Who Helped Solve The Ozone Crisis Of The S Growing Up In Mexico City, Mario Was A Curious Boy Who Studied Hidden Worlds Through A Microscope As A Young Man In California, He Discovered That CFCs, Used In Millions Of Refrigerators And Spray Cans, Were Tearing A Hole In The Earth S Protective Ozone Layer Mario Knew The World Had To Be Warned And Quickly Today Mario Is A Nobel Laureate And A Recipient Of The Presidential Medal Of Freedom His Inspiring Story Gives Hope In The Fight Against Global Warming BRILLIANT Rusch tells the life story of Mario Molina, a Mexican American chemist and a key player in discovering how CFCs chlorofluorocarbons in hair spray cans, refrigerators, air conditioners were depleting the ozone Beginning in the 1970s, his work led him and others to advocate that this was a global crisis and eventually the world turned the problem around THIS STORY GIVES US HOPE THAT THE WORLD CAN TURN AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE Rusch s clear writing and Martinez s dynamic illustrations are a strong, charming combination Readers will learn about Mario s fascination with chemistry at a young age and then about his research focused on CFCs Molina was born in Mexico and later became a U.S citizen Complex concepts like the role of the ozone in protecting us, the presence of CFCs in everyday items, and Molina s complicated research are accessible to elementary age students The last page tells about how Molina is now focused on stopping climate change and the last line of the book is a quote from Molina We saved our planet once We can do it again In the BACK MATTER, there s a picture of Mario Molina and an epilogue entitled Mario Takes on Global Warming The majority of the epilogue nearly two pages of running text , though, is about Molina s current work focused on climate change There is a discussion of how climate change is a bigger problem to solve than the CFCs depleting the ozone but that there s still hope Rusch includes several direct quotes of Molina Another part of the BACK MATTER is a two page layout comparing The Ozone Hole problem solution to the Global Warming problem solution Rusch uses a diagram a web and the reader can compare and contrast the two issues problem, science, threat to our planet, scientific consensus, outcome, hope, solutions, etc LOVE the Author s Note The Research Process in the BACK MATTER Rusch discusses her interviews with Molina as well as all the primary and secondary sources she studied Readers of nonfiction deserve this information because it assures us of Rusch s accuracy and authority in telling this story.I d read this aloud to students The illustrations are eye catching and informative You might pause in particular spots and pose the following questions for student led conversations o For any of the first several pages about his childhood How do the author and illustrator reveal Mario Molina s fascination with chemistry or What do the author and illustrator reveal about Molina on this page o Two page layout about stores were full of NEW AND IMPROVED PRODUCTS How does Martinez reveal that products with CFCs were common o Two page layout about Mario discovered something scary with diagram showing how CFCs deplete the ozone and scared look on Molina s face What do you notice and How does Martinez s illustration help you understand what Molina discovered And the impact of that discovery o Two page layout that starts For than ten years which includes comments of doubt A load of rubbish and It s a science fiction tale How do you think Mario Molina felt during this time and What s your response to the last line on this page He never gave up What does that reveal about Molina o The last two page layout is an illustration of an older Molina helping a young person learn to use a microscope clearly ties back to the beginning of the story You might ask, What do you notice about Mario Molina in this illustration Why do you think Martinez included this One reviewer indicated this book seems to be partisan the way the facts about the President are presented in two places in the back matter These statements are brief not the major focus In the epilogue there are two sentences one about President Trump calling climate change a hoax and another about his intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement November 2020 Both of these statements are true And in the diagram comparing the two crises, there is one smaller circle on the web entitled global efforts that describes the Paris Agreement and then states President Donald Trump intends to withdraw the United States from the agreement as soon as the treaty allows DON T LET THIS BE A DEAL BREAKER If this is bothersome, then ask older students for their thoughts You might pose a question like o What is Rusch s argument in this story And in the back matter What are details in the text that make you think so o What might these statements about the President reveal about Rusch s point of view o Why do you think Rusch picked these particular facts to share What would be the difference if she d left these out This is also an opportunity to EXPLORE OTHER VIEWPOINTS How do other author s use the same facts to shape a different point Rusch s research process might inspire students to do their own research on this as well as a variety of other topics. Mario and the Hole in the Sky How a Chemist Saved Our Planet by Elizabeth Rusch and illustrated by Teresa Martinez is a must read for kids of all ages, and probably for most adults as well Rusch s writing is crisp and accessible, and she tells the vital story of Mario Molina in a way that is easy to relate to We see how curious Molina is from a young age and how he applies that curiosity to studying chemistry and to helping the planet I think it s so great to see representation of a young Latinx man involved in science and nature in such an active way, and I have to imagine this story would be incredibly relatable and inspiring for many children I think that even for children who don t specifically see themselves in this story, they can see the hard facts of the Ozone Crisis as well as Global Warming, all presented in a way that doesn t dumb it down but still keeps it accessible Teresa Martinez offers up some really incredible illustrations that are lovely to look at, appealing to viewers of all ages, and still presents the story and the information in a way that is visually easy to absorb and understand.Overall, I appreciated this book far than I expected to, and I definitely think it will be one I recommend to folks going forward As far as picture book biographies go, especially concerning contemporary figures, this is cream of the crop. Thanks to Charlesbridge for this copy Elizabeth Rusch tells the inspiring life story of Mario Molino, scientist, the person that is great to have on a climate change team When Mario Molino was eight he was given a microscope for his birthday, thus beginning his journey of what ifs His chemist aunt brought tools for his lab and eventually he talked his parents into creating his own laboratory from an extra bathroom Here s a picture of that new room, illustrated whimsically by Teresa Martinez as she shows Mario s swirls of lab equipment After earning his PhD and beginning work in the US, he continued his earlier questioning about the new sprays and their effects in the air This led to a breakthrough of the deadly ways CFCs were changing the Ozone He had a partner, F Sherwood Rowland Sherry and they confirmed that the Ozone was being destroyed by CFCs Then came shouts from the detractors, of A load of Rubbish , It s a Science Fiction Tale and Utter Nonsense He never gave up The text tells us that twenty eight countries all over the world eventually agreed to stop making CFCs Now, Nobel prize winner Mario Molino, has taken on a new challenge, to face the current crisis of global warming As seen in his life s timeline at the back, he was part of the support to join other countries in the Paris Agreement, signed in 2016 Unfortunately, President Trump calls global warming a hoax and has made the US withdraw from that agreement Teresa Martinez s illustrations set a tone through the books with lights and darks, offering cartoon like pictures like the one above In speaking before the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Molino says, Climate change is perhaps the most worrisome global environmental problem confronting human society today This is found in a fine epilogue, sharing all of Molino s amazing accomplishments In the backmatter, one can also find similarities between the research of The Ozone Hole and Global Warming in an easy to navigate graphic Also included is a page of sources Read More and a short piece of actions Do More An author s note explains her research process Most recently, courage and persistence are two traits that have been admired and written about in various ways This book can be another to be placed on a list of picture book biographies that celebrate those traits Also, in story fashion, the book offers an admirable role model for children, where those who are fascinated by something as Mario was with his microscope, can find their passions and be proud. What an insightful book about a very helpful man Readers of any age will appreciate this book about a chemist who is dedicated to righting the environmental wrongs of humans Please do not be misled by the negative review here Rusch s epilogue has no bashing of any kind, just pure facts and statements that can be backed up with clear, written evidence I think the actions and thought behind those facts speak for themselves. Excellent and compelling storytelling in this picture book biography of the man who identified and explained the hole in the ozone layer Cartoonish illustrations capture the energy of the scientist s budding brilliance as a youth through his education and discovery of the problem of CFCs Plentiful back matter adds to an engaging story. Genre realistic fiction Grade 1 4Review It s an great story of Mario who starts off young and then as he grows older starts to discover things in science I think that it is an inspiring book for children because what they do now can lead to the things they will do in the future. Biography of Mario Molina for young readers Mario is the chemist who first discovered what CFC s were doing to the ozone layer The book takes readers from his childhood to his current fight about climate warming Informative text at the end of the book provides further information. Good text and an important story but hideous illustrations Mario seems to vacillate between a plasticine chipmunk and a plasticine ape man What a great bookuntil the epilogue Young Mario began life with an interest in science that his parents fostered His curiosity led him to create a lab in an unused room in his house and set him on a path to higher education and research into environmental issues Author Elizabeth Rusch combines vivid text, full of a variety of figurative language elements, with beautiful, bold artwork from David Diaz to tell an inspiring story of a Mexican American s quest to get CFCs banned in order to protect Earth s ozone layer I loved every page until I got to the final pages when Rusch takes a clearly partisan path in the telling of Dr Molina s current project in the area of global warming There was no balance to her narrative and in my library, we try to either present both sides of an issue or remain neutral There is no place in a children s book for the bashing of any president and the obvious bias in a non fiction book is unfortunate.
- 40 pages
- Mario and the Hole in the Sky
- Elizabeth Rusch
- 26 March 2019 Elizabeth Rusch