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Come See the Earth Turn Hardcover – September 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462844
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2-4–A 19th-century figure formerly relegated to entries in collective biographies at last gets his due in a solo picture-book biography. The pendulum that bears his name, designed as proof that Earth spins on its axis, is still regarded as one of the most elegant scientific demonstrations ever. Despite this and other technical achievements, however, Foucault spent most of his short life outside the French scientific establishment. Why? A lack of advanced academic credentials for one thing, suggests Mortensen in her matter-of-fact narrative and more detailed afterword–but also, without making a direct claim, she points to evidence that he may have suffered from a spectrum disorder. Allén's digitally finished paintings mix sequential panels and larger tableaus to depict a frail, thoughtful-looking young man working alone in a tidy, shadowy workshop or showing his latest invention to small groups of marveling onlookers. Readers will marvel too, at the genius of this little-known scientific wizard.John Peters, New York Public Library
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Review

Review, The Wall Street Journal, September 26, 2010:
"An atmospheric picture book. ...The story of Foucault's tripumph--enhanced by the visual drama of Raúl Allén's sepia-toned illustrations--makes a suprisingly diverting read for young children."

Review, Scientific American, December 1, 2010:
"... elegantly illustrated ... "

More About the Author

Lori Mortensen is an award-winning, multi-published author with over three dozen books to her credit. Like a detective on the trail for a clue, Lori follows her writing interests wherever they lead--sometimes to a fascinating, yet overlooked French scientist who proved the earth turned (Come See the Earth Turn: The Story of Léon Foucault, Random House, 2010) and other times to the remarkable insider activities of a honey bee hive (In the Trees, Honey Bees! Dawn Publications, 2009, winner of multiple awards including the NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Book for Students K to 12.) Look for her rhyming picture books, "Cindy Moo" with HarperCollins (May 2012), and "Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg" with Clarion (Spring 2013). Visit her at www.lorimortensen.com to learn more about her books and her titles with Picture Window Books, Capstone Press, Stone Arch Books, KidHaven Press, and Marshall Cavendish Benchmark Books.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lori Mortensen's COME SEE THE EARTH TURN: THE STORY OF LEON FOUCAULT provides kids with good reading skills some 32 pages of facts about one Leon Foucault, who developed Foucault's Pendulum and changed how the world was perceived. Ages 7-9 will appreciate this survey of a budding scientist's discoveries, and will find it an excellent scientific biography geared for an age group that ordinarily wouldn't receive mention of Foucault's name.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Peterson on July 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What does a person say in a review for a book that's already won an award from the National Science Teachers Association and Children's Book Council?

How about: this book not only educates kids about an important person in history but also teaches something about our world and its place in the universe. How about: this book is fun to read accented by wonderful period-style illustrations. How about: this text is well-written and crisp. How about: this book presents a complex topic in a way kids (and even adults) can understand. Yes, all that. And more.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Redmond on October 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
From her intriguing opening about the birth of "weak and puny" baby born in Paris to Leon's later work with weights and wires, Lori Mortensen presents a fascinating biography about Léon Foucault, "the frail, awkward boy" who later proved the earth turned." Mortensen's lively account actually makes science interesting for kids. A must-have book for every teacher or parent, who will eventually take his or her youngsters to a museum to see the earth rotating beneath a pendulum.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By e_j_buster on January 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Now that the Earth has been scientifically proved to be stationary, more and more people are coming to the realization that what we were taught in school (about the Earth rotating on its "axis") is completely false. So it's no surprise to me that the people who are trying to perpetuate the myth that The Earth is `rotating' would release a book like this onto society now.

This book purports to be an innocent children's book about the life of Léon Foucault. But in reality, the publication of this book is a reaction to the growing awareness in our society that the Earth is stationary. This book is a last-ditch effort to indoctrinate children into the false belief that it has been scientifically proved that The Earth is rotating.

In reality, it has been scientifically proved that The Earth is not rotating at all. Soon it will be impossible to conceal this truth.

I'm giving this book five stars because it is exciting to see that the bad guys are getting nervous about the cat being almost completely out of the bag on this matter. In other words, the publication of this book reinforces my belief that The Earth is known to be stationary and that there is a network of criminals who are desperately trying to keep the rotating Earth myth alive. I'm not saying that the author of this book is necessarily a criminal. It's possible that she was assigned to write this book and doesn't know any better. But the idea that this book was created to appeal to children is preposterous. No child would have any interest in learning about the life of Léon Foucault. This book was written to trick parents and children into believing that it has been scientifically proved that the Earth is rotating. Don't fall for the trick. I've studied the Foucault pendulum extensively. It does not prove, in any way, that the Earth is rotating.

The Earth is NOT rotating or moving at all.
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