Reviewed by Lauralee Barton
In forty pages this small book gives the reader basic information about a soldier’s challenges in the field: protection of his physical body, options for coping with mental stress, technological applications that are portable or hand–held and the treatment of injuries. It shows the importance of science to soldiers.
There is some history and contrast with present-day soldiers and those of previous wars—namely World War II and the Vietnam Conflict. There is also commentary about the physiology of the human body, the need for good nutrition, and advances that have been made in food preparation and content. There are elaborate descriptions of the applied technology that keeps the soldier in contact with his comrades, communications between him and his equipment, and the upgrade of such things as night vision glasses that are used in the field to aide in medical emergency procedures. Body armor is described, both that in use today and in futuristic garments to further protect arms and legs. There is a description of artificial limbs that
allows better coordination between the body part and the rest of the soldier’s
The narrative is geared for sophisticated upper elementary age, but probably would have more appeal with middle school students. Sidebars add interesting commentary or additional facts.The illustrations are photos of actual soldiers. The book includes a bibliography, glossary, and index. Since many students have family members or friends in the military, this unique book of scientific applications should be of high interest.
Review posted on 4/24/2012