Ana María Rodríguez

Science, nature, history, and outstanding people

Selected Works

Science, Nature, Intermediate school readers
They live in the most extreme places on earth. How do they survive?
Memoirs and Biographies
An inspirational memoir of the highest ranking woman in the martial art of Kuk Sool Won. (teens and up)
Science, Intermediate school readers
Pinguins puke (their chicks love it!), chameleons have a super tongue, alligators have good "feelings," a master of disguise, and how to catch a rainbow! Five fascinating animal secrets and how scientists uncovered them.
What is the secret of the sleepless whales?Join the scientists and their animal partners in a amazing adventure that will reveal the secrets of these amazing aquatic mammals! Find out... (middle-school and up)
It doesn't look cool and it doesn't feel pleasant, but it rules everything you do. The brain is the most intriguing and still mysterious organ in the body. Follow fellow classmate Mark through a regular day and see how his brain makes it possible for him to learn, feel pain, get stressed, and have fun. (middle school and up)
The fascinating life of the 19th Century British doctor who discovered the first safe vaccine against smallpox, the most deadly disease of his time.

Praise for "Autism Spectrum Disorders", 2011



May began with wonderful reviews for Autism Spectrum Disorders! Booklist, Science Books & Films, and book blog "Wrapped in Foil" have given high praised to the book, which was released on March.

Booklist, May 2011, recommends:
"Autism Spectrum Disorders." USA Today Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders series. Lerner/​Twenty-First Century. Gr. 10–12. "Colorfully illustrated with photos and other images, books in this attractive series provide information useful to student researchers and are supportive of those dealing with medical conditions."

"Wrapped in Foil", May 2011:
"Autism Spectrum Disorders is a top notch book that could be used in many ways. It is an important resource for students studying and/​or writing a paper on autism spectrum disorders. Teachers with autistic children in their classrooms, or other professionals who work with autistic individuals, might want to use it to refresh themselves on the topic quickly. Parents of children recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders will be thankful for a concise summary of a vast array of information and for all the additional resources in the back. Older children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders may want to read it to learn more about themselves.
Conclusion: If you are seeking information about autism spectrum disorders, then this is a wonderful book for you."

Science Books and Films, May 2011:
"This volume provides a readable and scientifically accurate account of the current state of knowledge about these conditions. Despite its modest length, it is surprisingly complete.[...] The author discusses controversial issues, related mainly to diagnosis and treatment, that have received a good deal of attention in the media, but have no scientific support. She gently, but emphatically, comes down on the side of science.[...]I recommend this text highly to a wide audience, including students, parents, educators, and other professionals, as well as individuals who are on the milder end of the autism spectrum."

Here is an excerpt from "Autism Spectrum Disorders":
"He energetically flapped his hands [like a bird] and spun around, eyes wide open, face tilted toward the sky. He never seemed to get dizzy. He would spin around and around and stop and flick his fingers as if trying to remove dirt. Then he would begin his bird routine again. If other children tried to join him, Peter ignored them. Juliet [his mother] assumed Peter did not pay attention to the other children because he was so focused on his own activity. Soon the other kids began to leave him alone." When another mother suggested Juliet looked up "PDD" on the Internet she was surprised at what she found out. "PDD" refers to Pervassive Developmental Disorders. These disorders affect the child's development in areas such as speech and social skills. Juliet recognized her son rigth away."