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How We Learned the Earth Is Round (A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Book) Paperback – January 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Trophy Books (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451093
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

A timely offering to help prepare for the 500th anniversary of Columbus' discoveries. Lauber explains in simple terms the various theories people have held about the shape of the Earth and how the ancient Greeks discovered the true shape of the Earth by observing ships at sea and eclipses of the moon. Lloyd's detailed drawings are a delight, but are too small to share successfully with a large group. Isaac Asimov's How Did We Find Out the Earth Is Round? (Walker, 1972) covers the same information for an older audience. Lauber's book is a good complement to Branley's Sunshine Makes the Seasons (1985) and What Makes Night and Day (1986, both Crowell) for making the Earth and its movements comprehensible to children. --Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Patricia Lauber is the author of more than sixty-five books for young readers. Many of them are in the field of science, and their range reflects the diversity of her own interests-bats, dolphins, dogs, volcanoes, earthquakes, the ice ages, the Everglades, the planets, earthworms. Two of her books, SEEDS: POP STICK GLIDE and JOURNEY TO THE PLANETS, were nonfiction nominees for The American Book Awards. She was the 1983 winner of The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children's nonfiction literature.

As well as writing books, Ms. Lauber has been editor of Junior Scholastic, editor-in-chief of Science World, and chief editor, science and mathematics, of The New Book of Knowledge A graduate of Wellesley College, she is married and lives in Connecticut. When not writing, she enjoys hiking, sailing, traveling, cooking, reading, and listening to music.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Day on May 15, 2010
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How We Learned the Earth Is Round (A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Book)
Neat book. Lots of scientific thinking explained so simply. This is the first one of this series that discusses WHO made discoveries and WHY they were moved to think about the shape of the earth. Then it goes into the HOW they figured it out. It clarifies the motivation and the process of scientific or critical thinking in a way kids should understand. And maybe set the pattern for them to look at things themselves.

I haven't read this one to my boy yet, but maybe tonite. The book has some simple experiments and I bet we are doing them tomorrow to see how they work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew R. Morgan on July 7, 2013
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This is an excellent book for your young ones' enjoyment and education. My only quibble is that while it notes that the Greeks knew the circumference of the Earth, it doesn't say how. It would have been difficult, I admit, to describe that experiment (see, for example, [...] at the educational level of the rest of the book, but they could have at least presented it in very simplified form. But overall I'm very pleased to have gone the extra mile to get this book.
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