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ON EARTH by G. Brian Karas


by G. Brian Karas & illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Age Range: 5 - 10

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-399-24025-X
Publisher: Putnam

Really quite glorious in his simplicity, Karas in word and picture effortlessly imparts understanding of time, calendars, seasons and growth in the rotation and revolution of planet earth. Arrows show the earth spinning on its axis and the way it “circles the sun in a great sweep.” Children face the sun and watch the shadows show the length of a day. Then on a wonderful orb, a child in bed faces the stars on the periwinkle night half, and another one, fishing on a riverbank, faces a blue, rainbowed sky on the blue-green-and-gold half that is day. The planet spinning and orbiting around the sun follows the months, “so by the time we get back to where we started, we’re one year older.” The tilt of the earth’s axis shows how we’re warmer when our hemisphere tilts toward the sun. But with all this spinning and circling and rotating and revolving, we don’t fall off because gravity holds us. The illustrations have texture and charm, but also whimsy and a light, supple touch, as they move in close to the children’s faces or out to the whole solar system. Terrific. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-10)