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On Earth (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) Hardcover – May 19, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (May 19, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039924025X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399240256
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 10.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–A simple poetic text describes the Earth's daily and yearly cycles: "At night we turn away from the sun and see a universe of stars and planets while we dream of what we can do tomorrow." The paintings are as simple as the narrative; some show night and day with very large children on small planets (one is sleeping in darkness, the other is fishing in sunlight). Others show the passage of seasons as children go to school, celebrate birthdays, and stand by little trees in their various stages of growth. A few of the pictures go sideways in a manner that demonstrates some concepts very well; for example, gravity is concretely illustrated by figures standing on ground that runs perpendicular to the bottom of the page. Karas's distinctive cartoon figures will be familiar to anyone who knows his work, and his colors are gorgeous, even down to the endpapers (the front endpaper is sky blue and the back one is midnight blue). While this book does not present the information in a step-by-step fashion like Franklyn Branley's Sunshine Makes the Seasons (HarperCollins, 2005), it is just as outstanding in its own way, which is both more sophisticated and more childlike.–Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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K-Gr. 3. With the same large format and broad perspective used in his picture book Atlantic (2002), Karas now discusses the orbit, rotation, and tilt of planet Earth. The concepts here are complex, but some children will get the gist of what a year represents, why we have seasons, and what makes day light and night dark. The book begins, "On earth / we go for a giant ride in space, spinning like a merry-go-round," and arrows are used to indicate the spinning of Earth as well as its circuit around the sun. Double-page spreads present the passage of a year and the changing seasons from an astronomical perspective and from a child-size point of view. Many of the individual illustrations are quite striking and even beautiful, and Karas' child-friendly artwork loses none of its charm when seen in this large scale. Indeed, it seems even more original and appealing. In the end, though, the book remains a series of loosely connected, illustrated concepts, rather than a coherent whole. Still, this ambitious nonfiction picture book might be a good place to start small children thinking big. Carolyn Phelan
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julie Page on May 6, 2009
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My 3 y.o. son was fascinated by the Earth, so I bought this book to give us a simple way to explain some basic concepts to him. It explains about the earth's axis, the equator, the earth's orbit, revolving, rotating, gravity, and the sun. It also gives us an opportunity to teach him the months. There is also a picture of the solar system, which lends itself to a discussion about the planets. Really, a lot of information packed into a basic kids' book. He has brought me this book to read to him every night for about a month now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mom in Indiana on November 15, 2009
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I have now purchased two copies of this book for my 3 year old son. (one as a gift to his Montessori preschool to complement their existing birthday ritual involving the rotation of the earth around the sun) The story ties together the basic elements of the passage of time in a way that is accessible, engaging and entertaining for young children. My children are all 3 and under and have been enjoying this book for more than a year. As they get older they understand more and more of what goes on in the book. I heartily recommend this book as both an enjoyable read and an educational tool for introducing the concept of the passage of time to young children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By retired teacher VINE VOICE on July 3, 2010
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This is a beautifully illustrated and scientifically accurate book interesting to many ages. As retired teachers of science, my husband and I are thrilled to have found a quality book which we have purchased for all our children to read to our grandchildren.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kozdras on September 9, 2008
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I purchased this book for my 2nd grader who loves science. The book was great at explaining some difficult material. The book really helped give us ideas for a project required by his school. We enjoyed it! Very well written.
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My 4 year old grandson wanted a book about the earth for Christmas. He loves this book. The pictures are wonderful and the text is easily understood by the younger kids.
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By Gisela Navarro on April 12, 2013
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Very good topic for the children. Have colorful pictures and is easy for children to follow and learn more about the Earth.
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