Earth: The Life of Our Planet

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Overview

This unique book presents the Earth's geographical history as a visual narrative. Each doublepage artwork gives a snapshot from a key time period, plus a short piece of descriptive text to place the scene in context, both visually and historically. The text is short, light in tone and unobtrusive, allowing the reader to absorb the visual information while learning the key facts at a glance. A reference section at the back of the book (6 pages) summarizes all of the scientific information, in the form of a timeline, while the artwork spreads focus on telling this amazing story. Dr Mike Goldsmith's narrative journey through billions of years is a great picture book, a terrific read and a really enjoyable way to learn more about the fascinating life of our planet.

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Goldsmith documents 15 “key moments” in the geological history of our planet, from a cloud storm in space that led to the birth of the sun more than four billion years ago, to Earth’s gradual cooling (which paved the way for life to exist), and the dinosaur age, ice age, and beyond. Succinct descriptions convey the mechanisms behind Earth’s transformations and biological evolution, letting the art take center stage. Garlick’s dramatic illustrations of galaxies, sea creatures slithering to land, and early humans struggling to survive in a frozen landscape combine naturalism with a dreamlike quality that befits the awe-inspiring subject matter. A glossary and removable foldout time line are appended. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)
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The approximately 5 billion years of Earth's history are represented in an understandable format that students can begin to grasp. They can see that large changes have been taking place over a long period of time. . . . The illustrations are bright and engaging. In the library or in the classroom, this book would be a great resource for starting the study of Earth's history.

 

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Succinct descriptions convey the mechanisms behind Earth's transformations and biological evolution, letting the art take center stage. Garlick's dramatic illustrations of galaxies, sea creatures slithering to land, and early humans struggling to survive in a frozen landscape combine naturalism with a dreamlike quality that befits the awe-inspiring subject matter.

 

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[T]his highly visual book introduces the formation and evolution of Earth. . . . dramatic digital artwork, featuring such eye-catching scenes as a comet collision, giant dragonflies, and brightly colored dinosaurs, as well as a short description.

 

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This book is a beautifully illustrated simple explanation of the different periods in Earth's evolution.

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This amazing book, written and illustrated by two astrophysicists, is a startling depiction of the creation of planet earth and the solar system. Organized in reader-friendly, time-line fashion the book begins with the conditions in the galaxy that fostered the creation of the sun and moves on through 15 key events in time and their influence on the formation of planet earth. Some of the key events include the birth of the sun and moon, the formation of earth, the evolving of life on earth, dinosaurs and their extinction, the development of civilization and a look into the future. The text is minimal and every effort has been made to explain the events for understanding by upper elementary or middle school students. The stunning illustrations draw readers in, encouraging curiosity about further explanation. A summary page reviews the 15 important events in time with further discussion, and the vast and nearly unfathomable amounts of time involved is simplified by dividing the history of earth into five so called "clocks." New, boldfaced terms throughout are compiled in a glossary at the end of the book. Sure to be controversial with some, it is an amazing look at a science rarely provided to youngsters. Additional resources, an index and a fold-out time-line poster are included. Curious adults will enjoy this book as well. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
Children's Literature - Remy Dou
Take a trip to the far reaches of the universe. Fly through dense cloud particles drifting toward the center of a growing star, and land on a formless planet that will one day be teeming with life—Earth. Wonder-inspiring illustrations brightly depict what scientists have concluded about the birth of the planet. Indeed, the illustrations are stellar, sometimes literally. Goldsmith's expertise shines through, replete with the latest scientific theories and discoveries. Lamentably, Goldsmith's vivid writing style is better suited to more advanced readers, as he attempts to compress vast amounts of information into fifteen paragraphs. The abundance of conjunctions, complex sentences, sophisticated tense changes, and mature vocabulary makes this a challenging read, particularly for low-level readers in the target age group. However, a glossary is included, as well as extra information and links to rich online resources. Though the book covers a wide range of content, its lack of depth in any particular area better serves the interested child rather than the classroom teacher. Regardless, the illustrations draw readers in, inspiring them with portraits of planetary marvels. Reviewer: Remy Dou
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753466254
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Mike Goldsmith studied the philosophy of time and space at Keele University, where he also obtained his PhD in astrophysics. He was formerly the head of Acoustics at the UK's National Physical Laboratory and is now an author of non-fiction books for children.

Mark A. Garlick is a freelance illustrator and author with a strong scientific background. He has a Bachelor's degree in astronomy from University College London (UCL) and a PhD. in astrophysics from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory. His digital illustrations cover a broad range of scientific subjects, from Earth's natural history to space technology.

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