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Come See the Earth Turn Hardcover – September 14, 2010

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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, 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 ... "

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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: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lori Mortensen is an award-winning children's book author of more than 70 books and over 350 stories and articles. Recent titles include "Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg," (Clarion, 2013) one of Amazon's best picture books of 2013, "Cindy Moo" (HarperCollins, 2012), "Come See the Earth Turn - The Story of Léon Foucault" (Random House, 2010), a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 2010, and "In the Trees Honey Bees!" (Dawn, 2009) a 2010 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Book K-12 Winner. Upcoming titles include "Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range" (Clarion 2016), "Mousequerade Ball" (Bloomsbury, 2016), and "Chicken Lily" (Henry Holt, 2016). When she's not removing her cat from her keyboard, she's working on all sorts of new projects filled with extraordinary people and quirky characters that delight her writing soul. Lori lives in Northern California with her family. To learn more about her, visit her website at

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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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Format: Library Binding
This is a great example of a picture book biography, with connections to science and history. The story made me think and wonder long after I put the book down. I would definitely recommend it. The only reason I did not give FIVE stars is because of its niche appeal. Not every reader is going to love this book, but readers who love the subject will love this book.
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