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Mario Molina

Chemist and Nobel Prize Winner

The story of Mario Molina is one to inspire children of every ethnicity. The Nobel Prize-winning Mario Molina has dedicated his life and work to doing scientific research to benefit mankind. The Mario Molina story is truly an example of the proud Hispanic heritage for the young student.

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  • The Chemist In the Bathroom
  • Sharing the Adventure
  • The Hidden Menace
  • A Call from Sweden
  • Timeline
  • Glossary
  • Further Information
  • Index
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Dewey 92
ATOS Reading Level 6.8
Guided Reading Level Z
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book
ISBN 9781592961702
Copyright 2004
Number of Pages 40
Dimensions 7.5 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs

A Review of "A Proud Heritage: The Hispanic Library" in School Library Journal

Kent focuses on Molina’s early education and subsequent research on the ozone layer and air quality and explains scientific principles related to his work in colored inserts. Explanations of lasers and chlorofluorocarbons are simplistic, but appropriate for the book’s target audience. Stein introduces Zapata as a reluctant participant in the Mexican Revolution who fought to champion the cause of poor farmers. Some considered Villa a Robin Hood while others called him a brutal murderer. Stein carefully separates legend from fact and shows both sides of the man’s character and his role in the Revolution. These are welcome report sources for three underrepresented subjects. All three books contain sharp, black-and-white and full-color photos.

Author: Deborah Kent

Deborah Kent was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and grew up in nearby Little Falls. She graduated from Oberlin College and received a master’s degree from Smith College School for Social Work. For four years, she was a social worker at University Settlement House on New York’s Lower East Side. In 1975, Ms. Kent moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she wrote her first young-adult novel, Belonging. In San Miguel, Ms. Kent helped to found the Centro de Crecimiento, a school for children with disabilities. Ms. Kent is the author of numerous young-adult novels and nonfiction titles for children. She lives in Chicago with her husband, children’s author R. Conrad Stein, and their daughter, Janna.