Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review Tuesday: If... by David J Smith



If...A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers

Illustrated by Steve Adams

From the publisher:

If the Solar System's planets were shrunk down to the size of sports balls, and Earth were the size of a baseball, what size would the other planets be? If your lifespan was represented by a pizza divided into twelve slices, how many slices would represent your time spent in school? These questions and more are explored in this innovative and visually appealing book about very big concepts made accessible when scaled down to kid-friendly size.


My Review:

This is definitely a book I want in my teacher library. It covers many topics including:  Our Galaxy, The Planets, Inventions through Time, Species of Living Things, Energy and many more.

Children have such a hard time understanding large numbers.  The page about the Planets is something I will definitely be using when I teach our Earth and Space Science unit.  The author used everyday items that my students (and yours) can relate to when describing the size of the planets in relationship to each other.

The illustrations by Steve Adams are amazing and very kid-friendly.

This book definitely belongs in your classroom!!

You can purchase it at Amazon.


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