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B is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet

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How much of Earth's surface is covered by water? How do the northern lights get their colors? Planet Earth has been home to mankind for hundreds of thousands of years and while scientists have learned a lot about it, they're still unraveling many of its mysteries. B is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet explains what we do know about our planet and what more we have to learn. Examine Earth's diverse ecosystems (deserts), discover geological wonders (karst caves), learn about weather phenomena ...
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How much of Earth's surface is covered by water? How do the northern lights get their colors? Planet Earth has been home to mankind for hundreds of thousands of years and while scientists have learned a lot about it, they're still unraveling many of its mysteries. B is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet explains what we do know about our planet and what more we have to learn. Examine Earth's diverse ecosystems (deserts), discover geological wonders (karst caves), learn about weather phenomena (hurricanes), and much more. Ruth Strother has been in the publishing industry for more than twenty years and is the author of fifteen books for children. She also wrote Sleeping Bear's W is for Woof: A Dog Alphabet. Ruth lives in Southern California. Bob Marstall was a K-12 art teacher for many years, and today he is an award-winning children's book illustrator. He tours all over the country, lecturing in schools on the integration of art and science. Bob lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Children's Literature - Denise A. Lockett
Sized like a toddler book, this young reader's introduction to earth science is large and eye-catching. Unusual in format and presentation, the text reads like a storybook with gorgeous illustrations. The topics are organized alphabetically, presenting an overview of favorite earth science topics such as geology (amber), astronomy (Northern Lights) and the perennial favorite, volcanoes. Densely packed sidebars provide well-written tours of each alphabetically arranged topic. This text makes a topic that some might consider dry and dull to be visually engaging and approachable. Visually impressive, with gorgeous, detailed hand illustrations, the pages offer rhyming introductions to each geo topic: "(r)ain or snow or warm may be / daily weather we can see," for climate zones is one example. Marshall engages the young reader with facts such as noting that the water we use today is the same water consumed by the dinosaurs and has a natural instinct for what most engages young readers. The sidebars habitually connect natural phenomena with human experience. For example, his evocative language includes a discussion of earthquakes, including details such as, "(n)o one has yet figured out how to predict one. With several million earthquakes estimated daily (most are too small for us to feel), there's still a lot for us to learn," and comparing an earthquake to a "sudden uncoiling of a spring" that can sculpt mountains, create volcanoes, and trigger tsunamis. Because this is a science text in a storybook disguise, it would be helpful to have the traditional glossary, index and references which are omitted; however, the text does offer a useful, downloadable teachers' guide with printable worksheets for students. A "Facts Page" tacked on at the end of the text includes seemingly random "Other Earth Science Facts." One paragraph inserted on "What Does Climate Change Mean?" should be entitled, "What Do the Two Camps Say About the Cause of Climate Change?" as it really doesn't address the impact of climate change at all, but notes that there is a debate about whether or not human activity is accelerating a naturally occurring phenomenon. Blue Planet is otherwise an accessible and highly engaging science text for the younger reader. Reviewer: Denise A. Lockett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585364541
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Science Alphabet
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 540,370
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Ruth Strother has been in the publishing industry for more than twenty years and is the author of fifteen books for children. She also wrote Sleeping Bear's W is for Woof: A Dog Alphabet. Ruth lives in Southern California.

Bob Marstall was a K-12 art teacher for many years, and today he is an award-winning children's book illustrator. He tours all over the country, lecturing in schools on the integration of art and science. Bob lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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