AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Jason Chin
Publisher: Roaring Book Press, 2014
Intended Age: K-3
Opening lines: The author takes three lush double-spreads to tell us:
FALL TO EARTH.
Synopsis: The difficult concept of gravity is explained in simple terms with playful illustrations. What would happen if there was no gravity?
What I like about this book: I love science. And I think kids want to understand the world around them. This book does that with humor and color and makes you stop for a minute and think about one of the basic forces that govern our world. The actual theories are mind-blowing in complexity but the tongue-in-cheek illustrations make the basic information fun, and suitable for the youngest in the intended age group. Back matter explains the concepts in more depth. Last week the Center for Children's Books at the University of Illinois named Gravity a Gryphon Honor Book!
There's only one thing I don't totally love. The cover.
I get that it incorporates playful elements to mirror the tone of the illustrations. And I adore the way the sun peeks around Earth. And the floating astronaut doll (even though I would prefer a non-stylized doll without the clear fishbowl globe helmet). The floating flotsam just doesn't work as well on the cover for me as it does paired with the text. Space monkeys anyone?
If you're familiar with this book, I'd love to hear your reactions in the comments!
- MacMillan has a beautiful 7-page curriculum guide that includes Gravity as well as the other books by Jason Chin.
- The curriculum guide covers all of the author's books---so go find them at your library. Island: A Story of the Galapagos is another one of my favorites!
- Last week I stumbled upon the website "Stir the Wonder" that shares ways for kids to explore the world. Last week's post was on --Gravity! Featuring Jason Chin's new book and several ways to have fun while learning.
- Learn more! Read other books on the subject. Try Why Can't I Jump Very High by Kamal Prasad and Gravity is a Mystery by Franklyn M. Branley.
- If it's warm enough where you live, get on a swing set. Talk about why you have to work to go up, but not to come down. Play catch. Have fun.
Thanks again for stopping by!