A spectacular series kickoff featuring imaginative graphics and visual design that will provide even confirmed young...

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DINOSAURS

BY THE NUMBERS

From the By the Numbers series

An introduction to dino diversity through visual comparisons and infographics.

Small of trim size but rich in facts and insights, this set of images and charts mixes Jenkins’ typically realistic paper-collage animal portraits with variously colored silhouettes of modern or prehistoric figures. These are all arranged in ways that vividly clarify relative sizes, for instance, allowing viewers to understand at a glance (with a bar chart composed of stacks of bones) the very different quantities of fossil finds on each continent or graphically represent such big numbers as the devastating effects of (select) mass extinctions and the tiny time humans have existed on Earth compared to the reign of the dinosaurs. One- or two-sentence captions and side notes comment on the visual presentations, the index is annotated with additional facts, and the backmatter includes both a reasonably current reading list and a cogent reminder that much of what we know about dinosaurs is speculative. Reinforcing that last point, a schematic image of a Lythronax (a T. Rex relative) specimen in which the very few bones that are actual fossils and not reconstructions stand out in a vivid red will give museum visitors who think that the full skeletons they see on display are all original a whole new perspective. Companion title Earth: By the Numbers publishes simultaneously.

A spectacular series kickoff featuring imaginative graphics and visual design that will provide even confirmed young dinophiles with fresh food for thought. (maps, glossary) (Nonfiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: July 16, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-328-85095-9

Page Count: 40

Publisher: HMH Books

Review Posted Online: March 12, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2019

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This lighthearted addition to the STEM shelf encourages children to question, hypothesize, experiment, and observe.

IT'S A ROUND, ROUND WORLD!

From the Joulia Copernicus series

In a confident first-person narrative, young scientist Joulia Copernicus debunks the story that Columbus “proved Earth is round.”

Informing readers that Columbus knew this fact, and so did most people of his time, Joulia also points out that “Ancient Greek, Islamic, and Indian scholars theorized that Earth was round WAY before Columbus’s time.” Confident Joulia explains how Columbus, shown as a haughty captain in the humorous, cartoon illustrations, and his fellow mariners confirmed Earth was round by discerning “that when ships sail away from you, they seem to disappear from the bottom. When they sail toward you, they appear from the top. On a flat Earth, you’d see the entire ship the entire time.” The accompanying illustrations, almost like animation cels, provide the visuals readers need to confirm these assertions. Joulia also turns to astronomy. A lunar eclipse is the highlight of a double-page spread with a large yellow sun, a personified blue and green Earth wearing sunglasses, and the moon moving in iterations through the Earth’s shadow. This shows readers that the Earth’s shadow is “ROUND!” Joulia has straight, brown hair and pale skin and is almost always the only human in any given illustration. It’s great to see a young woman scientist, but it’s too bad there’s not more diversity around her. Two experiments stimulate further exploration.

This lighthearted addition to the STEM shelf encourages children to question, hypothesize, experiment, and observe. (Informational picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 3, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-63592-128-1

Page Count: 40

Publisher: StarBerry Books

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2019

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A book to share that celebrates an immigrant and his abiding love for his adopted country, its holidays, and his “home sweet...

IRVING BERLIN, THE IMMIGRANT BOY WHO MADE AMERICA SING

A Jewish immigrant from Russia gives America some of its most iconic and beloved songs.

When Israel Baline was just 5 years old, his family fled pogroms in the Russian Empire and landed in New York City’s Lower East Side community. In the 1890s the neighborhood was filled with the sights, smells, and, most of all, sounds of a very crowded but vibrant community of poor Europeans who sailed past the Statue of Liberty in New York’s harbor to make a new life. Israel, who later became Irving Berlin, was eager to capture those sounds in music. He had no formal musical training but succeeded grandly by melding the rich cantorial music of his father with the spirit of America. Churnin’s text focuses on Berlin’s early years and how his mother’s words were an inspiration for “God Bless America.” She does not actually refer to Berlin as Jewish until her author’s note. Sanchez’s digital illustrations busily fill the mostly dark-hued pages with angular faces and the recurring motif of a very long swirling red scarf, worn by Berlin throughout. Librarians should note that the CIP information and the timeline are on pages pasted to the inside covers.

A book to share that celebrates an immigrant and his abiding love for his adopted country, its holidays, and his “home sweet home.” (author’s note, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)

Pub Date: June 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-939547-44-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Creston

Review Posted Online: March 4, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2018

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