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Adriana Ocampo
ISBN: 9781410912978
Author: Guidici, Cynthia
Publisher: Capstone Pr Inc
Published: December 2005
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: Presents the life and accomplishments of the planetary geologist who worked on various NASA missions, including the Viking and Voyager missions.
Additional Information
BISAC category: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / General
Target Age Group: Age 9-11
Target Grade: Grade 4-6
Grade level: Grade 4-6
Physical Information: 0.45" H x 9.28" L x 7.72" W
Bargain Category: Non-Fiction, Middle School, Biographies
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 102238
Reading Level: 6.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring)
Biochemist Severo Ochoa, astronaut Ellen Ochoa, planetary geologist Ocampo, chemist Molina, conservation biologist Dallmeier, and physicist Alvarez are profiled in these uneven biographies: while Ellen Ochoa discusses its subject's personal life and experience as a Hispanic woman in a white-male-dominated field, Ocampo focuses on planetary geology, practically relegating Ocampo to the periphery. Photos illustrate all books. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Hispanic-American Biographies titles: Severo Ochoa, Adriana Ocampo, Mario Molina, Ellen Ochoa, Francisco Dallmeier, and Luis Walter Alverez.] Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
These formulaic books fill a niche, meeting the need for biographies of important, though less well-known, Latino figures. The translations are conversational and should appeal to Spanish-speaking report writers. Black-and-white and color photos illustrate the texts. Directory, reading list, timeline. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Biografías de Hispanoamericanos titles: [cf2]Severo Ochoa[cf1], [cf2]Adriana Ocampo[cf1], [cf2]Mario Molina[cf1], [cf2]Ellen Ochoa[cf1] and [cf2]Francisco Dallmeier[cf1].] Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 January)

Gr 4-8 -These biographies provide glimpses into the lives of three scientists. Ocampo is a planetary geologist, Ochoa was the first Hispanic-American woman to become an astronaut, and Álvarez was a physicist and Nobel Prize winner. Each volume contains full-color and black-and-white photos. The titles are serviceable, but the prose is occasionally dry and uninspired. Guidici becomes bogged down in the background details leading up to Ocampo's work, which is then described too generally. Iverson offers the most balanced treatment of the three, with straightforward writing and a detailed account of both the professional and private lives of Ochoa. Randall's text distracts from Álvarez's important life because of inappropriate exclamation marks. Serviceable titles for reports, but little else.-Melissa Christy Buron, Epps Island Elementary, Houston, TX

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