Lifetimes

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The Universe is our school, nature our teacher, and every species has a lesson for us. With delightful simplicity, Lifetimes introduces some of nature's longest, shortest and most unusual lifetimes. David Rice's "tell about it, think about it" questions for each lifetime are perfect for engaging a young person in a stimulating conversation. This is a favorite book for children and teachers alike.

Author Biography: When David Rice was seven years old, he observed a small dog ...

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Overview

The Universe is our school, nature our teacher, and every species has a lesson for us. With delightful simplicity, Lifetimes introduces some of nature's longest, shortest and most unusual lifetimes. David Rice's "tell about it, think about it" questions for each lifetime are perfect for engaging a young person in a stimulating conversation. This is a favorite book for children and teachers alike.

Author Biography: When David Rice was seven years old, he observed a small dog trying to wake its mother which had been killed by a passing car. As he watched the grieving puppy's vain attempts, he was struck by the depth of sadness and pain. David's lifelong interest in feelings - both animal and human - comes through in his books, Do Animals Have Feelings Too?, Lifetimes and Because Brian Hugged His Mother. Lifetimes introduces some of nature's longest, shortest and most unusual lifetimes and the lessons we can learn from them. Because Brian Hugged His Mother shows how a chain reaction of kindness can spread through a whole school and community as a result of a single hug. David Rice is retired elementary and special education teacher, currently residing in southern California.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dori Butler
Did you know that a mayfly lives approximately one day? Or that an elephant lives approximately 65 years? Or that a giant sequoia tree lives approximately 2000 years? Each page of this informative picture book tells how long a particular plant or animal lives and provides a paragraph of factual material. The "Tell About it," "Think About it" and "Look it Up" sections at the bottom of each page offer ideas for parents and educators who want to go beyond simply reading the text. Readers will come away from this book with a feeling that all life is important on planet Earth.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3While this book's concept is a good one, its execution is not entirely successful. Rice presents a selection of plants and animals, arranged according to longevity, in order to give children a perspective of each living thing's place and importance in the web of life. The author begins with a mayfly, which lives about one day, and continues chronologically through a saguaro cactus, which lives about 100 years, before branching out into lifetimes that are uncertain (a banyon [sic] tree) and astronomical (the Earth is now thought to be four and a half billion years old). The text is preachy and didactic, the layout is often distracting, and the illustrations are inconsistent in quality. There is a running white band across the bottom of every page with three chimps, one holding a banana, one covering his ears, and one reading a book. The first signals a sharing activity readers that may engage in, the second a question to ponder, and the third a research question. This device totally detracts from both the information and artwork in the body of the text.Megan McGuire, Lake View Elementary School, Madison, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Old age is relative, depending on one's life span; a mayfly whose lifetime lasts one day reaches geezerhood by the time the sun sets. Rice allows readers to compare Earth's residents by their life lines, from the short-lived mayfly to the 2,000-year- old sequoia tree. Included also are the time spans of the Earth, the sun, and the universe—cosmic references that dwarf human life spans. Every page includes brief information about the life form profiled set against a realistic, full-color painting. Notes at the bottom of each page—"Tell about It," Think about It," and "Look it Up"—provide dogmatic suggestions for readers to follow for further information. More intrusive are rationales for each creature's existence, e.g., "Army ants show us that if everyone works together, we can do almost anything." The author's attempt to show the relevance of every species in strictly human terms often leads to sentimental statements or morals ("Venus flytraps remind us that things are not always as good as they first seem to be") and limit the otherwise provocative and useful facts about lifetimes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883220594
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 365,729
  • Age range: 4 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 0.09 (d)

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