Planet Earth: What Planet Are You On?
Simon Basher, Dan Gilpin & Dan Green
Kingfisher, 2010 (2010)
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Reviewed by Bob Walch
his clever series of science books created by Simon Basher covers astronomy, biology, physics, rocks and minerals, and the periodic table. Now the Basher creative team focuses its attention on planet Earth.
reating characters that personify the elements they want youngsters to know about, the Basher team presents six sets of characters. Each set or team has anywhere from four to sixteen members. For example, the ten characters of
ach character's two page spread contains a full page, color illustration on the
and information that spells out its various attributes. For example,
releases energy from rocks, making the ground move.
is kick-started by movements of Earth's plates and volcanoes. He also hangs out or appears where plates crash or slide past each other.
I shake things up,
' explains Earthquake. '
Everything trembles before my mighty power ... I can be dangerous and destructive, but I can't help it. Pressure just builds up, and then I explode.
ou'll also learn that Earthquake's intensity is measured from 1 to 10 on the Richter scale and that the most earthquake prone county is Japan.
s primary grade readers become acquainted with a host of characters like
, they will also be learning some basic information about the planet they live on.
ot only does this book introduce some potentially challenging scientific material but it also makes the youngster want to do further research to learn more about these fascinating
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