|Mario y el agujero en el cielo : como un quimico salvo nuestro planeta|
Author: Rusch, Elizabeth
The true story of how a contemporary Mexican American scientist saved the ozone and the planet from environmental disaster. In Spanish.
School Library Journal (11/01/19)
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School Library Journal - 11/01/2019 Gr 1–4—Growing up in Mexico, Mario Molina loved exploring the world around him and performing experiments with his microscope. After attending boarding school in Switzerland and receiving his PhD, Molina began work in the United States, where he made a horrific discovery: CFCs, chemicals used in countless everyday items, were damaging the environment by destroying the ozone layer. Despite Molina and his colleague F. Sherwood Rowland's attempts to publicize this discovery, they were not taken seriously until scientists discovered a huge hole in the ozone above Antarctica. Finally, Molina and Rowland's hard work led to almost every country agreeing to stop the production of CFCs. Vibrant, imaginative illustrations convey the possibilities of science and the urgency of Molina's discoveries and depict Molina's interest from an early age. Both English and Spanish texts flow smoothly. VERDICT An excellent addition to children's nonfiction collections, and sure to be a great highlight of Hispanic Heritage Month biography collections.—Selenia Paz, Harris County Public Library, Houston - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/01/2020 This is the story of Mario Molina, a Mexican chemist who was responsible, with his colleagues F. Sherwood Rowland and Paul J. Crutzen, for the discovery of the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica. Readers learn how Mario’s parents converted an old bathroom into a laboratory for their son and how his aunt, Esther Molina, also a chemist, helped and challenged him. The story follows Mario’s trajectory as he continues his medical studies abroad and ends up in California studying the chlorofluorocarbons that had been amassing and damaging the atmosphere. Engaging illustrations and information presented in an easy-to-read format make this title an excellent addition to any Spanish-language nonfiction collection. An epilogue, compare-contrast chart, bibliography, time line, and an author’s note are included. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.