Looking Down

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If you were an astronaut traveling far out in space and you looked at the earth, what would you see? A small ball in the huge black universe. That’s where these pictures begin. Then they move closer and closer to the earth, each view revealing new details. Until finally . . . See for yourself.
In this wordless picture book with stunning cut-paper illustrations, Steve Jenkins masterfully depicts the many levels of the universe, from the farthest...

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Overview

If you were an astronaut traveling far out in space and you looked at the earth, what would you see? A small ball in the huge black universe. That’s where these pictures begin. Then they move closer and closer to the earth, each view revealing new details. Until finally . . . See for yourself.
In this wordless picture book with stunning cut-paper illustrations, Steve Jenkins masterfully depicts the many levels of the universe, from the farthest reaches of space to the most familiar corner of your backyard.

A series of views of one landscape is seen from progressively lower vantage points, beginning in outer space and ending with a view of a ladybug as seen by a kneeling child.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Beginning with an astronaut's-eye view of the Earth, cut-paper collage illustrations of unusual detail gradually decreases the scope to a town, a child on a sidewalk-and a surprising conclusion," noted PW. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Looking down is a wordless book that puts "things" in perspective. The earth is a tiny blue and white ball against a dark sky, with the moon just in front. The collage art pictures move closer and closer to the earth, giving a view similar to that which the astronauts see, until viewers reach the earth and see a tiny ladybug under a young boy's magnifying glass.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-The Earth floats in space, a small blue marble, growing with each turn of the page. The North American continent swells until the streets of a (fictional) coastal town become visible, then a particular neighborhood; a dot on the sidewalk becomes a boy with a magnifying glass, viewing-what? A ladybug fills the last page. Using neat, sharp-edged paper collages and pure, simple colors, Jenkins convincingly conveys, better than most aerial photography, both a sense of height and an almost vertiginous feeling of movement in this wordless fall. Books with expanding rather than contracting scales, such as Istvan Banyai's Zoom (Viking, 1995) or the Hirsts' My Place in Space (Orchard, 1990) end on more cosmic notes, but younger readers will find this an exciting, eye-opening slide.-John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618310982
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/19/2003
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 462,540
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.

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