"Solid scientific browsing." - Kirkus Reviews
Find out how unique Planet Earth really is in this eye-catching book of comparisons!
Earth is big! (compared to a frog)
Earth is small! (when it’s hiding in a galaxy)
And that's not all. Earth is wet and dry, hot and cold, round and jagged, fast and slow. You get the idea. It depends how you look at it!
Get to know our planet in a whole new way by comparing it to a huge variety of other incredible things―from tiny particles to giant star clusters. Did you know soap bubbles are some of the roundest objects in the universe? Or that we humans are totally outnumbered by chickens? Or that the driest desert on Earth isn’t scorching but freezing? Tour some of the most extreme places on the planet and beyond it, take a look at life forms from bacteria to elephants to redwood trees, and explore what makes our planet the perfect home for us.
You’ll never see Earth the same way again!
"Each of 18 chapters offers support for titular sentences that seemingly contradict each other, as in “Earth Is Big” versus “Earth Is Small."
The large format—roughly 12 inches high by 20 inches wide when open—is necessary to pull off the curating....Solid scientific browsing. (contents, glossary, conversion table, index, source notes) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"-Kirkus Reviews
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This is an awesome enrichment book that would be great for any elementary school or classroom library. Probably best suited to Grade 3 and up, it's full of fun, interesting facts which are accompanied by bright, engaging visuals. Along with lots of fascinating, accessible science facts, there is a great deal of expressive language for students to absorb as well. This is a well-crafted resource that will definitely hold reader attention! Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
This book is built on a solid concept. Scale can be incredibly difficult to grasp, especially for any measurement larger or smaller than we can see directly in front of us. You can tell me that something is 200 miles away, for example, but that doesn't mean that I truly grasp how far that is. And that's where this book comes in. We compare the size of earth to other planetary bodies, both smaller and larger. We do the same sorts of comparison with other measurements - distance, heat volume, etc. We learn a variety of science facts and also get the reminder that comparisons are relative and that a perspective change can influence our view.