Is It Okay to Pee in the Ocean?: The Fascinating Science of Our Waste and Our World (Hardcover)
Get the facts you'll really want to know when you really need to go.
Why do we pee? Is pee just yellow water? Is the ocean a giant toilet bowl (eww!)? If you've ever wondered about your body's waste . . . urine luck! This book is all about pee: from why and how we do it, to its effects on our world.
Explore the human systems that make pee happen, tackle environmental questions about the impacts of human waste, discover surprising uses of urine throughout history-like in mouthwash and skin creams-and even try out at-home, hands-on experiments (with no bodily fluids required, of course!).
With engaging black-and-white-illustrations and just enough ick-factor, this engrossing (and sometimes a little bit gross) book gets to the bottom of an oft-ignored part of the science of life.
About the Author
Ella Schwartz is the author of several books for young readers, including Her Name Was Mary Katharine: The Story of the Only Woman Whose Name Appears on the Declaration of Independence, Can You Crack This Code?, Stolen Science, and Is it Okay to Pee in the Ocean? In addition to writing books, Ella is a cyber security warrior interfacing with the U.S. federal government on strategic technology initiatives. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in engineering from Columbia University. ellabooks.com
Lily Williams is the author and illustrator of If Sharks Disappeared, If Polar Bears Disappeared, If Elephants Disappeared, and If Bees Disappeared. She grew up in Northern California where she received her BFA from California College of the Arts before moving to Denver, Colorado. Lily seeks to inspire change, engage audiences, and educate people of all ages with her artwork.
“A steady stream of information about marine chemistry and ecology . . . with a few drops of common sense . . . Well worth a go for being so expansive and a bit more than ankle deep.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Scientific information blends seamlessly with fun facts to deliver everything you would want to know about pee . . . This is a science title that will jump off the nonfiction shelf.” —School Library Connection
“Hands-on history for budding spies, hackers, or anyone with a secret message to send . . . Offer[s] a broad and lucid survey of cryptographic strategies.” —Kirkus Reviews, on Can You Crack the Code?
“A useful counterweight to conventional books describing breakthroughs in science, medicine, and engineering.” —Booklist, on Stolen Science