Earth Explained: A Beginner's Guide to Our Planet

Earth Explained: A Beginner's Guide to Our Planet

by Barbara Taylor
     
 

The world can be a confusing place, with so many things to learn and discover. Facts are presented to young people every day, but what do they really mean? By providing clear examples and helpful explanations to untangle often complex ideas, these books make their subjects accessible and truly fascinating. With the help of original, interactive, full-color… See more details below

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The world can be a confusing place, with so many things to learn and discover. Facts are presented to young people every day, but what do they really mean? By providing clear examples and helpful explanations to untangle often complex ideas, these books make their subjects accessible and truly fascinating. With the help of original, interactive, full-color illustrations and approachable writing, the books in this series really explain the way the world works.

Starting with a look at earth's place in the solar system, this book moves from the forces inside the earth, such as volcanoes, tectonic plates, and earthquakes, to outside forces like temperature, wind, and storms. Finally, Earth Explained takes a close look at land forms, including desserts, oceans, and glaciers, and the short and long-term effects humans have on environment.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In this well organized reference book, kids learn about the forces inside the earth such as volcanoes, earthquakes, tectonic plate movement, and the outside forces such as temperature, wind and storms. Readers will also develop a better understanding about the impact humans are having on the environment. The text does not overwhelm readers; it is brief and reflects current thinking and theories. The full color illustrations will grab kids' attention, particularly the pictures of casts made from people caught in the volcanic eruption at Pompeii.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7In the flood of good books describing the Earth, this one stands out for its excellent organization and graphics. Although the text is brief, it is up-to-date, mentioning the current belief that simple life-forms may once have existed on Mars; and broad-based, showing exactly how the "midnight sun" never dips below the horizon during summer near the poles. The full-color illustrations, while abundant and of a consistently high quality, include some pictures that will attract interest rather than extend the text (e.g., casts of dead human bodies at Pompeii). Generally, topics are clearly explained. There are no source notes or list for further exploration. In comparison, Planet Earth (Time-Life, 1992) employs a question-and-answer format, and its color illustrations are more closely keyed to the text. Neil Curtis's Planet Earth (Kingfisher, 1993) uses a similar layout in a slightly larger trim size than Taylor's, with a better overall design. Both are much less sensationally focused and include much more depth of information, but neither has a bibliography. Taylor's book is useful, but it does not replace the older titles.Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA
Kirkus Reviews
This entry in the Your World Explained series is a neatly organized visual compendium of facts and information about the earth and its geology.

The premise states that the defining forces shaping the earth are linked to gravity and heat, both solar and geothermal. From the earth in space to current concerns about the future of the planet, the book's scope encompasses plate tectonics, land forms, weather and climate, and earthquakes and volcanoes. A hotel made of salt blocks in Bolivia, a Texas blind salamander, a fossil of an ancient sea creature found atop the Himalayas are just a few of the enticing sidebars on the topical spreads. Full-color photographs and drawings, diagrams, charts, satellite photos and maps, and cross-sections and cutaways illuminate scientific ideas and concepts in a panorama of visual images, without overcrowding the page. A great resource for projects and reports, and a smorgasbord of knowledge for the scientifically inclined as well as the purely inquisitive.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805048735
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Series:
Henry Holt Reference Book.
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
9.32(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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