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Ask Dr. K. Fisher About Planet Earth Hardcover – November 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Ask Dr. K Fisher
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; First Edition edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753463040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753463048
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,478,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 4—The wise bird is back. Having fielded questions on an assortment of scientific topics in earlier titles, the eminent Dr. K. Fisher now answers questions about life on planet Earth. Queries, in postcard and letter format, arrive from an aardvark, emu, chinchilla, viper, penguin, and other animals, and his replies give insight into such topics as the Earth's core, salmon hatching, and ocean tides. Between questions, the doctor offers guides to continents and oceans, mountains, rivers, and world climates. While there isn't enough information for reports, the book is both entertaining and informative. Mixed-media illustrations, color photos, and cartoon drawings complement the text. While adding to the visual appeal, the variety of fonts and font sizes may challenge some readers. Overall, though, the layout, illustrations, and tongue-in-cheek humor are sure to be a draw for most children.—Michele Sealander, Hamburg School, NJ
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[T]he book is both entertaining and informative. Mixed-media illustrations, color photos, and cartoon drawings complement the text . . . sure to be a draw for most children.

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Format: Hardcover
About Planet Earth
(Ask Dr. K. Fisher Series)
By Claire Llewellyn
Illustrator Kate Sheppard
2009, Kingfisher, Macmillan Books

Review by Debra Louise Scott

This is a very cute book about earth sciences written as letters to Dr. Kingfisher from animals around the world. Dr. K (who is in fact a Kingfisher bird) answers the letters with explanations about what is happening and why the earth does what it does. (see example below) After a couple similar letters there is a page with more information about things like mountains, rivers and climate.

The inside flap has a small envelope with a letter from Dr. K. Fisher with his letterhead and address (not a real address) that invites troubled animals to write to him with their questions. The questions in the book are shown as if a postcard or letter and envelope. Some show a postage cancelled stamp with sender's origin, i.e. "the desert". The answers are all shown on Dr. K's letterhead with his signature and talon print. The back of the book has a glossary of some of the more difficult terms used and an index to the things that are explained.

Dr. K. also gives his Top Tips, i.e. "Rivers can carry big stones. Water animals, DO watch out for these when you are swimming."

This is probably one of the most ingenious and delightful science books I have seen. The illustrations show the animals caught up in the emotions of their letters giving another level of interest for the child. At the moment, there are six books in the series. It would be enjoyed by any youngster with an inquisitive mind.

Letter example:
Here's a snake that's feeling shaky
Warning signs?

Dear Dr. K. Fisher,
I'm a viper, and I'm feeling uneasy.
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i ordered this for a very smart 6 year old and she was delighted. she is always trying to put things together...have the world make sense...and this was just right for her intellect and forming values.
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