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Ron Wideman.
Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1988.
48pp., paper, $6.95.
ISBN 0-88902-859-1. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Suzuki, David, 1936- -Juvenile literature.
Geneticists-Canada-Biography-Juvenile literature.
Broadcasters-Canada-Biography-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11

Reviewed by Adele M. Fasick.

Volume 17 Number 4
1989 July

As a child growing up in British Columbia, David Suzuki was told by his father, "You have to be ten times better than other Canadians in everything you do, because if you are only as good as they are you'll lose out every time." Suzuki learned that lesson and has spent most of his life being better at science, broadcasting, writing and teaching than most other Canadians.

This biography follows Suzuki from his happy early childhood through the bitter years of internment during World War II and on to his successful academic career, his brief years of working in the United States, and his return to Canada and even greater success as a geneticist and an interpreter of science for the general public.

This well-balanced biography does not slight Suzuki's personal life - his high school experiences and his two marriages and five children are mentioned - but it focuses on the development of his environmental concerns and his attempts to change Canadians' attitudes toward science.

By the use of well-chosen quotations, the author lets Suzuki speak to readers in his own words. The book ends with a quotation that sums up many of his hopes: "Efforts to teach children to love and respect nature are priceless ... I hope this new generation will look after our planet better than we have."

Adele M. Fasick, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
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