Cover title. Pop-ups, flaps, wheels, tabs, and facts provide information about the Earth and how it works, looking at how the Earth formed, how it moves, how and when life began, tectonic plates, the water cycle, weather, the seas, carbon, plants, and the food chain.
From the Publisher
How do the ocean currents move? What is a carbon footprint? Why does it rain? Readers are invited on a novelty-packed journey of discovery to find out how the earth works.
Answering a multitude of questions about how our world works, this fun, engaging book introduces the earth's important cycles and offers an exciting way to learn geography and science. Packed with illustrations and paper fold-outs, flaps, pops, and more to boost interactive learning, How the World Works encourages children to think about the impact of human actions on our environment, while engendering respect for the natural world and all its harmonies.
February 23, 2010
1st U.S. ed.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, maps (some color) ; 27 x 29 cm
Young, Beverley, illustrator.
School Library Journal:
Reviews & Awards
- Book Links, 06/01/10
- Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/10
- Kirkus Reviews, 12/01/10
- School Library Journal, 03/01/10
- Science Books & Films (AAAS), 12/01/10
- Wilson's Children, 09/01/11
Horn Book Guide (Fall 2010)
This pop-up guide to earth and life sciences touches on topics such as our planet in space, plate tectonics, weather, the water and carbon cycles, and food chains. Although the busy format provides little depth (and includes some oversimplification), the movable features are quite clever (e.g., a flip book illustrating the formation of present-day continents) and the presentation will undoubtably draw readers in.
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Kirkus Reviews (December 1, 2010)
This chock-full-of-facts survey of earth and environmental science sets itself an ambitious goal, covering the Big Bang, seasons, the beginnings of life, continental drift, the water cycle, weather, oceanic currents, carbon, the greenhouse effect, photosynthesis and the food chain. It does this in diagram-heavy spreads enhanced with pop-ups and pull-tabs. At their best-as in demonstrating the different types of tectonic plate action and showing, layer by layer, the carbon footprint of a cheeseburger-the movable elements add dramatically to the information conveyed. At worst, they simply provide more surface area to cram facts into. Dizzyingly busy, this exploration provides plenty of information and some naked environmental exhortation ("having a small carbon footprint is much better for the planet than having a big one!"); young eco-browsers will return for multiple readings. (Pop-up nonfiction. 7-11)
School Library Journal (March 1, 2010)
Gr 3-5-Limiting its purview to the physical world (alas), this pop-up survey devotes pages or spreads to Earth's history and structure, the origins of life, plate tectonics, the water cycle, weather, ocean currents, the carbon cycle, greenhouse effect, plants, and food chains. In snippets of text tucked into every available nook, Dorion provides commentary ranging from basic information on seasons and other cycles to abbreviated catalogs of cloud types and kinds of boundaries between tectonic plates. Mansfield's special effects are really the strong suit here. In contrast to small, if occasionally lively, painted illustrations and a low-key overall color scheme, the sturdy moving parts offer a stimulating array of movements, from an inset flip booklet showing the continents in motion on one spread and an unusually tall pop-up mountain range rearing up on the next to an array of large pull-out tabs and turn wheels. Far too broadly focused to have much research value, this is nonetheless a worthwhile purchase for its unusual potential in displays and demonstrations.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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