This raffish primer on the meaning of "big" delivers a healthy, age-appropriate jolt to common assumptions about proportion and numbers. Beginning with a blue whale's flukes ("the 'flipper' parts of the tail, all by themselves bigger than most of Earth's creatures"), Wells projects the relative sizes of Mount Everest (20 giant jars filled with 100 blue whales each), the earth, the un, the Milky Way, right out to the universe itself. Child-friendly watercolors show a bag of 100 planet earths dwarfed by the sun, and a crate of 100 "sun-sized oranges" inconsequential atop Antares, "a red supergiant star." Somewhat understandably, Wells's pictures and analogies wither as he tackles the magnitude of galaxies and the universe. To prevent readers from choking on these perceptual mouthfuls, valuable introductory and final notes suggest a relatively concrete scale: for instance, counting to a thousand takes about 12 minutes, counting to a million takes 3 weeks at 10 hours per day, but counting to a billion takes a lifetime. Ages 6-11.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Grade 2-3-With its bright primary colors; cartoon illustrations; and readable, conversational text, this picture book will find a niche in most collections. Not a story as such, it begins on the title page with the question, "Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?" and answers it in a series of cumulative examples. Millions of blue whales placed into enormous jars and stacked up don't begin to compare to the colossal size of Mt. Everest, just as even 100 Mt. Everests piled up only make up a whisker on the face of the Earth. Taking this comparison to the outer limits of the imagination, Wells ends up with the biggest thing there is-the universe. Librarians and teachers could use this book to introduce units on size, measuring, or relativity. And it would be useful to demonstrate how to make beginning graphs in a fun, accessible way.
Jan Shephard Ross, Dixie Elementary Magnet School, Lexington, KY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
It was missing the most important part of this book...... I had to put the perfect ending to it before I gave it away...... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carol C. Cooney
If you think this book points out that God is biggest of all, it doesn't. I had to send them back because that was why i bought them.Published 5 months ago by Ann Sullivan
THIS BOOK IS AN AWESOME WAY TO TEACH CHILDREN AND ADULTS PERSPECTIVE ON WHERE WE FIT INTO THE CREATION.THIS KINDLE EDITION HAS A FEW MISSPELLED WORDS BUT THE STORY IS GREAT.Published 5 months ago by Sharon Andersen
Loved the concept ! This book seemed not interesting to begin with , but catches your attention as you go forward. My 6 year old and myself loved this book.Published 12 months ago by Aashail
This is a great book for science concepts and also for teaching order - arranging things from one opposite to the other. The kids really love this book.Published 22 months ago by Sara Rivers