- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 4
- Lexile Measure: 1300L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618717196
- ISBN-13: 978-0618717194
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.3 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors Hardcover – April 5, 2010
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Ubiquitous (yoo-bik-wi-tuhs): Something that is (or seems to be) everywhere at the same time.Why is the beetle, born 265 million years ago, still with us today? (Because its wings mutated and hardened). How did the gecko survive 160 million years? (by becoming nocturnal and developing sticky toe pads.) How did the shark and the crow and the tiny ant survive millions and millions of years? When 99 percent of all life forms on earth have become extinct, why do some survive? And survive not just in one place, but in many places: in deserts, in ice, in lakes and puddles, inside houses and forest and farmland? Just how do they become ubiquitous?
Amazon Exclusive: The Process of Beckie Prange, Illustrator of Ubiquitous
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|To create the intricate timeline found on the endpapers, Prange measured and laid out yarn||This is the print she made from the yarn||The print was then painted to create the final image|
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Starred Review. Grade 1–6—This volume of beautifully illustrated poems investigates the natural world, from the single-celled bacteria and diatom to the ever-present ant and dandelion. Well-researched science facts are paired with vivid poems to describe how these very special life-forms avoided extinction to become nature's survivors. The book begins 4.6 billion years ago with a newly formed Earth and continues through time as it introduces 14 types of life that are still with us today. Starting with bacteria (3.8 billion years old) and including mollusks (500 million years old), ants (140 million years old), and coyotes (2.3 million years old), the journey continues to the youngest of species, the "wise humans" or homo sapiens, that have inhabited the Earth for only 100,000 years. An illustrated time line helps bring this massive scale into the realm of children's understanding. Each spread includes a poem, amazing facts, and an exquisite, hand-colored linocut. Sidman uses a variety of poetic structures, including diamante, rhyming couplets, and unrhymed verse, and unexpected language choices to create diverse and vivid word pictures of each species. This melding of science and humor makes for enjoyable reading. The stunning illustrations engage readers and encourage questioning and further exploration. From the depiction of ant tunnels to the surprising perspective of blades of grass, the bold and colorful linocuts are incredibly detailed and successfully capture the essence of each creature as part of its larger environment. A delightful feast for the eyes, ears, and mind.—Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY
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I am a teacher and love all the subjects, but this book highlighted two of my favorites, science and poetry. Too many poetry books choose an interesting topic, but the poetry is lame. Or it has nice poetry: wonderful imagery, meter, rhyme, etc. , but the science is not very enlightening or exciting (or even correct sometimes). This book has it all! Even the illustration inside the cover engages the visual thinker in the vastness of time over which life has evolved. Someone observed that it looks like a fingerprint!
In fact, the art deserves its own recognition. Its simplicity and true but vibrant colors are the frosting on the cake - but it's all nutritious! Every viewing reveals new beauties. Thank you to everyone who had a part in producing such a fabulous tome! It is a gem in my collection.
My boys enjoyed learning about the different animals.
And, I think the precursor...the inside cover spread that puts a face to Earth's timeline...helps put the poetry/stories about various kinds of animals into perspective.
We learned something AND enjoyed it!
and not only children will be edified. this outstanding little delight
reminds us case-by-case of champion species that have passed The Test:
survival, adaptability, over vast sweeps of time. maybe, maybe,
way way in the future, homo sapiens will earn a chance to join these supremes.