Pieces of Another World (NOOK Comic with Zoom View)

Pieces of Another World (NOOK Comic with Zoom View)

by Mara Rockliff
     
 

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This touching story of a father and child’s nighttime excursion to watch a meteor shower is told through the eyes of a child in awe of the night world. Rockliff’s vivid descriptions make readers feel as though they too are watching the tiny bits of other, distant worlds blazing into our own.The “For Creative Minds” education section includes

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This touching story of a father and child’s nighttime excursion to watch a meteor shower is told through the eyes of a child in awe of the night world. Rockliff’s vivid descriptions make readers feel as though they too are watching the tiny bits of other, distant worlds blazing into our own.The “For Creative Minds” education section includes teaching trivia about meteors, meteor showers, comets, and asteroids as well as a “Meteor Math” game, a “Five Steps to a Fantastic Meteor Watching Party” checklist, and a recipe for comet cookies.

Editorial Reviews

Debra Ross
"Author Mara Rockliff's vivid prose is matched -- I might even say surpassed -- by Salima Alikhan's watercolor paintings, which evoke the beauty and quiet drama of a midnight trip to "another world." We experience Jody's amazement at how different familiar daytime places seem by moonlight. We taste the jimmies on her vanilla cone, we feel the softness of the blanket on which she lies in the back of their pickup truck. And, best of all from a brainy mom's perspective, we even learn a lot about meteors."
KidsOutAndAbout.com
Bookbuds
"Jody’s dad wakes her late at night, but won’t say where they’re going. To see "pieces of another world" is her only clue. Not until their pick-up rattles into a dark forest clearing does she learn she’s there to see a meteor shower. The suspense builds swiftly by repeating the signature phrase in different contexts until Jody pieces together what her father means. The text is set in white against the deep, purlply-blue hues of midnight speckled with stars. Alikhan’s watercolors are wet and lush, bleeding and washing into each other, as every picture seems to melt into the vast, starlit sky. Her small town in the wee hours is lonely and quiet, her forest thrums with unseen life. Astronomy activities in the back are worth letting older kids stay awake for."
Children's Literature
With lyrical writing and a hint of mystery, author Mara Rockliff invites young readers on a night journey with Jody and her father to discover Pieces of Another World. What are these pieces? Jody wonders as Daddy drives deeper into the country while "quiet blackness wrapped around [them] like a blanket." Along the way, Jody sees a curious fox, hears a screech owl and watches a huge buck melt into the darkness. Finally, Daddy points out a streak of white in the sky—a meteor as little as a pebble. He calls it a "'hey-there' from outer space—a tiny piece of some distant world." Graceful, dark-toned watercolors by Salima Alikhan reinforce the sense of magic to be found in the natural world. A "Creative Minds" educational component in the back includes additional information about meteors and tips on organizing your own meteor-watching party. 2005, Sylvan Dell, Ages 3 to 8.
—Mary Quattlebaum

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607180029
Publisher:
Arbordale Publishing
Publication date:
09/20/2005
Series:
Pieces of Another World , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,215,191
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
File size:
13 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Mara Rockliff (Pieces of Another World) is the author of many books for children and teens, including the Indie Next pick The Busiest Street in Town, praised by Publishers Weekly as "genuinely inspiring." Her own favorite meteor shower was one she watched with a group of friends on a bitterly cold night. They threw a pile of old blankets on the ground and huddled close together, telling jokes and singing songs as they stared up into the clear night sky, afraid to blink and miss one of these tiny bits of other, distant worlds as they blazed into our own. Mara lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her family.

Salima Alikhan (Pieces of Another World) decided to pursue a career in children's book illustration when she realized her lifelong passion for art would never leave her alone. Salimastudied at the Corcoran Institute of Art in Washington, DC. Her favorite medium is watercolor. She begins most of her illustrations by drawing on cold-pressed watercolor paper, going over the drawing with ink, painting the picture, and then adding the final detail with watercolor pencil. To create the effect of snow, gravel, sand, stars, or coral, she often sprinkles salt on top of watercolor while it's still wet. When the paint dries, she shakes the salt off. The mineral compositions of different types of salts create different effects. Table salt leaves smaller spots, which are good for snow, gravel and stars; and sea salt or canning salt leave large circles, which are better for coral or sand. She has the good fortune of being an art teacher in a Montessori school, where she has learned lots about both art and children. She currently resides, teaches, and paints in Austin, TX. This is her first children's book.

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