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Review Spotlight: Ubiquitous
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Ubiquitous (Houghton Mifflin, 2010) is a delightful book of poetry for young readers. More than a poetry book, Ubiquitous weaves sound science through out its pages. Our long time reviewer and member of the SB&F Prize committee, Dr. Edward Saiff, recently reviewed the book. See his full review below.


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SB&F review of Ubiquitous:

Poetry and science aren’t often found in the same children’s book, but Ubiquitous serves both areas well. The book celebrates several species that are thriving on earth today with a solid scientific description of how the species makes a living as well as a scientifically accurate poem. Some of the poems are simple limericks and others require some deeper thought.


At first the organization of the book seemed haphazard, but then I realized that the species were being presented in an evolutionary timeline. Had I looked inside the front and back covers I would have seen the timeline illustrated with the species described in the book in their proper locations.


The book is well illustrated. It has a glossary and the author provides useful references for those interested in further research.


This is a delightful book designed for young readers but with attractive features for a much wider audience. The undercurrent of evolution will help readers to more fully understand this critical concept and the inclusion of the poetry adds a dimension that should appeal to those whose interests lie in the humanities. Melding science and the humanities enriches both areas of endeavor.

Posted 14 Sep 2010 2:35 PM by Heather Malcomson
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