Annal: 2005 Aventis Prize for Junior Science Book

Results of the Aventis Prize in the year 2005.

Book:What Makes Me Me?

What Makes Me Me?

Robert Winston

In search of the origin of individuality, world-renowned scientist and author Robert Winston takes the reader on a tour of the human mind and body. Winston’s exploration of the human body goes beyond cells and anatomy to examine how genes and experience determine who we are.

This brightly colored and vividly designed book takes a new and exciting approach to learning about human beings. What Makes Me Me? is the first children’s book to explore how genes, experience, and biology work together to make every person unique.

Book:Children's Night Sky Atlas

Children's Night Sky Atlas

Robin Scagell

Featuring up-to-the-minute discoveries and state-of-the-art space photography, this atlas illustrates all that science has revealed about constellations, the evolution of stars and galaxies, and the planets in the solar system. Acetate overlays highlight special points of interest to show even more about what we see in the night sky.


Earthquake: Fast Forward Series

Nicholas Harris

Thousands of years ago. A coastal village in Japan thousands of years ago. Bearded hunters and fishermen witness earthquake. Landslides in mountains.

A hundred years ago. The village has become a town with port. People busy themselves with their daily lives.

A few years ago. The same scene, but a modern city street scene. It is late afternoon. Animals are restless. Weather is heavy and humid and strange lights in the sea fog have been seen by fishermen, who caught no fish at all.

A few minutes later. The quake begins. We are inside an apartment when this happens. Whole building is jolted violently, tipping up floor furniture. People (and pets) thrown across room.

A few seconds later. In town centre, cladding falls off modern steel-frame buildings. Bridges bend, train derailed. One…[more]

Book:Endangered Planet

Endangered Planet

David Burnie

Endangered Planet explores the delicate web of natural cycles that supports millions of species, from single-celled bacteria to the rare giant panda, and reveals how our ever-growing demand for food, fuel, and living space threatens to damage Earth’s habitats beyond repair. From the shrinking wetlands of southern Florida to the thickening band of greenhouse gases that covers the world, our planet is under pressure.

Could new technology provide a solution? Every year more of our energy comes from renewable sources, such as sunshine, wind, and flowing water, while the latest recycled products keep pollution and waste to a minimum. But with Earth’s human population expected to reach 11 billion by the year 2100, the struggle to preserve our planet will be the greatest challenge of this century.

Book:Microscopic Life

Microscopic Life

Richard Walker

Microscopic Life explores the tiny worlds that exist around us and even within us! Examine how some organisms help us fight diseases and others help to produce food. But bacteria can also be harmful, causing tooth decay, food poisoning, and many deadly epidemics. Students will be amazed at the vast range of microscopic life and at the close proximity in which they live to humans!

Book:Mysteries & Marvels of Science

Mysteries & Marvels of Science

Phillip Clarke, Laura Howell, Sarah Khan

Breathtaking photographs and informative digital illustrations reveal the surprising science behind events in the everyday world. From the deep mysteries of the atom to the futuristic marvels of technology, enthusiastic young readers will learn about the breadth of the subject. Recommended websites, via the Usborne Quicklinks website, help readers to delve deeper into the secrets of science.

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