Monday, February 22, 2010

Non-Fiction Monday: How the World Works

Who doesn't love a good pop-up book? And one that actually teaches a thing or two is always nice as well. How the World Works by Christiane Dorion and illustrator Beverley Young is filled with all kinds of interactive elements, from pull tabs, pop-ups, flaps to life, wheels, etc, all centered around on our planet actually works.

Virtually an explosion of information on each page, all sorts of common questions are answered, such as "is the Earth moving beneath our feet," "why does it rain," "what is a carbon footprint," and "how do plants live." Every single page has fact boxes, bold illustrations, and interactive "things" to engage the reader into learning more about how the planet works.

My favorite part? The carbon footprint of a cheeseburger. Life-the-flaps in the shape of actual burger elements (bun, lettuce, burger, cheese, etc.) each contain the carbon taken to supply that specific element to the cheeseburger.

Other cool parts include the huge pop-up of the water cycle, the pull-tabs exhibiting plate tectonics, and the spinning wheel of earth's history. It's all very cool and will definitely hold the attention of a reader for quite awhile, just to take it all in.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5
The book covers a lot of material in a really cool way, but at the same time might cover just a tad bit too much. All of the information really is slightly crammed onto the pages, which may be distracting to some readers. I personally really liked it though and would recommend libraries and home schooling families to check it out. Librarians beware: lots of wheels/life-the-flaps/and tabs to get torn out.

How the World Works
Christiane Dorion
18 pages
February 2010
Review copy received from publisher

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1 comment:

Lenore said...

I should get this for my niece! thanks for the rec :)