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.

BOOKS AND BOOK REVIEWS

The Animal Secrets Revealed! series has caught the eyes of librarians and book reviewers, and inspired them to type away great recommendations!


SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, SERIES MADE SIMPLE, says:

"HIGHLY ENGAGING, FASCINATING ANIMAL SCIENCE FOR READERS.

“Animal Secrets Revealed!” stands out for its lively exploration of contemporary scientists and their discoveries.”

Read the full review by clicking on the image to the left.

To check out the corresponding teaching guides that will connect science with effective reading and writing, click on "Teacher Guides-Talks" on the menu bar.


STEM Friday re-posted a wonderful review:

["The Scuba Diving Spider"] "is filled with photos that will engage kids and draw them into the strange lives of these critters."

And to make a connection between science and effective reading and writing skills, check out the Teacher Guides-Talks menu.


Click on the spider to read the full review.

The scuba diving spider has raised some excitement among book reviewers! Archimedes Notebook says:

"Informative, fun, filled with unexpected surprises about weird creatures - this book's all that plus a hands-on activity at the end."

Click on the spider to read all that Archimedes Notebook has to say about it.

And to make a connection between science and effective reading and writing skills, check out the Teacher Guides-Talks menu.


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ANIMAL SECRETS REVEALED! SERIES AND TEACHER GUIDES


                              

                              


EXTREME ANIMALS IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS SERIES
MIDDLE-GRADE AND UP

They live in the most extreme places on earth.
HOW DO THEY SURVIVE?

AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK AND IN LIBRARY BINDING


                                             











The outstanding life of the only woman holding the highest rank in the Korean martial art of Kuk Sool Won.
Her humble beginnings in a small Korean island.
The fascinating story of her mother, a "mermaid" or sea woman.
Her intense training and real-life confrontations in a male-dominated world.
Her triumph achieving independence.
An amazing story that will inspire you to reach your wildest dreams.







ANIMAL SECRETS REVEALED! SERIES


                              

                              




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 what killer whale Kasatka and her calf Nakai "do not do" to survive the first weeks after the baby is born. Or how Popolo the dolphin is able to dive for long periods of time. And how Henry the harbor seal has shown scientists why murky, dark waters are nor a problem for him when it is time to find a meal. Enslow Publishers, 2008

ISBN: 978-0-7660-2956-9


BEST BOOKS LIST 2007 AWARD, Science Books & Films

The brain rules! It is true. It is soft and wet, it is the size of a grape fruit and as heavy as 3 middle-size water bottles. And still this unappealing organ of the human body controls everybody's actions, thoughts, and feelings. How does it do it? Follow 12 year-old Mark through a regular school day and find out. There is even more. Discover 10 myths about the brain most people take for facts and learn more about your own brain with fun and easy activities. Are you left handed or right handed? You know that, right. But are you left footed or right footed? A Day in the Life of the Brain will show you how to find out this and more. Chelsea House Publishers, 2007

ISBN: 0-7910-8947-9


Named one of the BEST BOOKS LIST 2006 by Science Books and Films

Edward Jenner provided humanity with one of the greatest contributions any person could give to others: a vaccine or a safe way to prevent a disease that killed about 1 in every 4 people affected. Smallpox was feared especially by kids who were the most common fatalities. Jenner's vaccine was used around the world and even erradicated or eliminated the disease completely many years after Jenner's discovery. Jenner also made other intriguing discoveries about hedgehogs and the cockoo bird that revealed for the first time fascinating secrets about these curious animals. Enslow Publishers, 2006

ISBN: 0-7660-2504-7


FIRES NATURAL DISASTERS, LUCENT BOOKS, 2003 (for Intermediate School readers) (ISBN: 1-59018-133-6)

Periodicals/​Nonfiction Articles


The Kids Who Fought Smallpox
Highlights for Children, May 2000
Awarded the Highlights for Children History Feature of the Year Award 2000.
“A novel angle that Mariana took--focusing on one of the vaccine’s earliest and most dramatic deployments--created an excellent doorway to take our readers into this subject.”
--Andy Boyles, Science Editor Highlights for Children