Books by Mark J. Rauzon

Released: April 1, 1994

An attractive overview of the water cycle and the importance of water to life on earth. Beginning with a photo of ``the water planet'' from space, from which clouds and oceans are its most visible features, the authors touch on water's states (saying in a scientific context that ``we can see'' steam issuing from a teakettle is an unfortunate imprecision in an otherwise clear presentation; water vapor is visible, but technically steam is not), its distribution (most water is salt; most fresh water is in glaciers at the poles), its uses, and the importance of keeping it pure. Brief but more comprehensive than the many books focusing on the water cycle; handsome color photos add to the immediacy of this useful summary. (Nonfiction. 6-9) Read full book review >
Released: March 18, 1993

By a wildlife biologist, an attractive simple introduction to the different outer coverings of a broad selection of animals and their various functions and adaptations: camouflage, protection, a warning to predators, attraction for mates, etc. About three-fourths of the space here is given to excellent color photos (not credited; are they by the author?) of different species, sometimes in close-up or with magnified detail, simply captioned with the animal's species. The concept is clearly developed, though there is one unfortunate slip, right at the beginning: ``All animals are alike in some ways. One thing they all have is skin.'' Well, vertebrates do. A companion volume: Horns, Antlers, Fangs, and Tusks (ISBN: 0-688-10230-1). Useful beginning science. (Nonfiction. 5-10) Read full book review >
JUNGLES by Mark J. Rauzon
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

Excessively enlarged, overdramatic color photos and a rather lurid text will attract readers to this oversize book, but the whole is unsatisfying even as an introduction to jungle layers, wildlife, people, and the implications of deforestation. The photos may appear to be almost three-dimensional, but they are poorly placed. Some are lost in the gutter: in one double spread, the head of a scarlet macaw appears to be growing out of the wing of a fruit bat. Scientific names and size information are not given (is the tailless whip scorpion really huge, or just extremely enlarged in the photo?), and often intriguing facts (flying snakes, fuzzy- tongued parakeets) are undocumented. Marginal. Index. (Nonfiction. 10-12) Read full book review >