The Wizard Who Saved the World

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Diego dreams of being a wizard so he can make the world a better place by fighting global warming. When he realizes that he can’t really perform magic, Diego thinks of ways he can help save the world by considering many potential careers and what it would take to achieve them. Filled with sidebars called “Big Kid Boxes” that explain the crucial scientific concepts that lie behind the scenes depicted, this inspirational story gives children an opportunity to exercise their own ...

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Overview

Diego dreams of being a wizard so he can make the world a better place by fighting global warming. When he realizes that he can’t really perform magic, Diego thinks of ways he can help save the world by considering many potential careers and what it would take to achieve them. Filled with sidebars called “Big Kid Boxes” that explain the crucial scientific concepts that lie behind the scenes depicted, this inspirational story gives children an opportunity to exercise their own magical dreams.

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Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Jeffrey Bennett uses the frame story of a young boy named Diego who dreams of doing something outstanding, but mostly he dreams of what he could do if he were a wizard who could hold the sun and moon in his hands. By the end of book, he realizes that there are many exciting careers he could follow that are equivalent to being a wizard who saves the world. Each successive spread of the book expands on this frame story and then has a small type extended sidebar that explains a science concept related to the frame. Thus, when Diego remembers that our Earth has been around a long, long time, the sidebar gives details about the limited amount of time our world has had enough oxygen to allow creatures such as us humans to breathe. Given the small type and the density of the information, this book is for students who are serious about science. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972181945
  • Publisher: Big Kid Science
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 991,237
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Bennett is the author of Max Goes to Jupiter, Max Goes to Mars, and Max Goes to the Moon. He is an astrophysicist and educator who proposed the idea for and helped develop the Voyage Scale Model Solar System—the first science-oriented exhibit approved for permanent installation on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Roberta Collier-Morales is the illustrator of many children’s books, including How Spirit Dog Made the Milky Way, Inside Out, and Where Is Thumbkin? They both live in Boulder, Colorado.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

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    A Mom's Choice Award Recipient!

    The Wizard Who Saved the World is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

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    Touches on important issues AND is fun to read

    Very rarely does a children's book come along that hits on all the areas necessary to make a bestseller. From perfect illustrations to a plot that kids will enjoy and completely relate to - all the way to the scientific points and information that children and adults should know about that are affecting our world as it stands today. This, however, is that book. Readers meet a young boy by the name of Diego. Like most kids, he believes that if he were only a wizard with that famous wand that can ‘do it all,’ he could change the world in every respect for the better. He loves to daydream - everything from being the best at soccer and winning the World Cup one day to using his wizard powers to make all families - no matter where they live - have food on their tables, a roof over their heads, and a chance at a great education. Diego wants to literally make the world a better place. Readers follow Diego’s thoughts as he speaks about how far technology has come - far enough to land a man on the moon. He speaks about cars, computers and books, as well as how the Earth runs, lives and breathes - completely unique from the other planets in our solar system that are unable to sustain life. From The Greenhouse Effect to global warming to rising sea levels and renewable energy, Diego finds out a great deal about what he can do to restore the planet and to gain national and international attention for this growing problem. Diego can see through it all and KNOWS that with the world coming together as one, we can save the planet. He talks about education and how each of us can make a difference. The illustrations and the ‘points’ of this book are truly informative, fun, entertaining and immensely educational. Perhaps we should all try out our wizard skills today! Quill Says: A fantastic read for both children and adults, touching on issues that we should be paying far more attention to!

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