THE METRIC SYSTEM

Let’s learn about base-10 measurement! (It’s more exciting than you may think.)

Meet Jennifer and Robert, or, as they’re sometimes called, Jenny and Bob. Regardless of what you call them, they’re the same people, just as using English measurements or metric measurements doesn’t change the size of an object. So begins this picture book that explains how and why a few countries use one standard of measurement and many others use an alternative. Readers familiar with Adler and Miller’s work will feel at home with this title as well. The book features short paragraphs to explain the history and the mathematics while encouraging readers to consider objects in the book and around the home as subjects to measure. The book is perfect for the mathematically minded reader, and educators and caregivers will also find this useful as a teaching tool. Savvy caregivers can use this as a way to introduce educational moments into common household tasks and chores, such as cooking or grocery shopping. Regardless of use, the book will be a welcome and necessary addition to many a bookshelf. The only question the book doesn’t answer is why the United States holds out against using a system that is manifestly easier and in near universal use elsewhere. Jenny is depicted with brown skin and straight black hair; Bob is depicted with white skin and red hair.

Add this to your nonfiction list. (conversion guide) (Informational picture book. 7-11)

Pub Date: Nov. 3, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-8234-4096-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Holiday House

Review Posted Online: Sept. 14, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2020

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1001 BEES

Friends of these pollinators will be best served elsewhere.

This book is buzzing with trivia.

Follow a swarm of bees as they leave a beekeeper’s apiary in search of a new home. As the scout bees traverse the fields, readers are provided with a potpourri of facts and statements about bees. The information is scattered—much like the scout bees—and as a result, both the nominal plot and informational content are tissue-thin. There are some interesting facts throughout the book, but many pieces of trivia are too, well trivial, to prove useful. For example, as the bees travel, readers learn that “onion flowers are round and fluffy” and “fennel is a plant that is used in cooking.” Other facts are oversimplified and as a result are not accurate. For example, monofloral honey is defined as “made by bees who visit just one kind of flower” with no acknowledgment of the fact that bees may range widely, and swarm activity is described as a springtime event, when it can also occur in summer and early fall. The information in the book, such as species identification and measurement units, is directed toward British readers. The flat, thin-lined artwork does little to enhance the story, but an “I spy” game challenging readers to find a specific bee throughout is amusing.

Friends of these pollinators will be best served elsewhere. (Informational picture book. 8-10)

Pub Date: May 18, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-500-65265-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2021

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I AM GRAVITY

An in-depth and visually pleasing look at one of the most fundamental forces in the universe.

An introduction to gravity.

The book opens with the most iconic demonstration of gravity, an apple falling. Throughout, Herz tackles both huge concepts—how gravity compresses atoms to form stars and how black holes pull all kinds of matter toward them—and more concrete ones: how gravity allows you to jump up and then come back down to the ground. Gravity narrates in spare yet lyrical verse, explaining how it creates planets and compresses atoms and comparing itself to a hug. “My embrace is tight enough that you don’t float like a balloon, but loose enough that you can run and leap and play.” Gravity personifies itself at times: “I am stubborn—the bigger things are, the harder I pull.” Beautiful illustrations depict swirling planets and black holes alongside racially diverse children playing, running, and jumping, all thanks to gravity. Thorough backmatter discusses how Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity and explains Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. While at times Herz’s explanations may be a bit too technical for some readers, burgeoning scientists will be drawn in.

An in-depth and visually pleasing look at one of the most fundamental forces in the universe. (Informational picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: April 15, 2024

ISBN: 9781668936849

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tilbury House

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2024

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