- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Series: Wells of Knowledge Science Series
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807536563
- ISBN-13: 978-0807536568
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is? (Wells of Knowledge Science Series) Paperback – January 1, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
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 School & Library Binding edition.
From School Library Journal
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 School & Library Binding edition.
Top customer reviews
ONE FACTUAL CORRECTION - It states there are nine planets in the solar system, but there is only 8 once Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet. This is easy to clear up with kids... and you can even have a mock debate on whether Pluto should or should not be a planet...
It's hard not to read - even as an adult - without stirring the imagination. Great for kids... definitely a keeper.