Published by Neal Porter Books
Summary: An eight-year-old is about five times as tall as this book…but only half as tall as an ostrich. The ostrich is half as tall as the tallest land animal, the giraffe, but the giraffe is 20 times shorter than the tallest living thing, a redwood tree. The journey continues outward: skyscrapers, mountains, outer space, all the way to the very edges of the universe. It then comes back to Earth, and that group of eight-year-olds, who are capable of looking into the sky and imagining their place in the universe. Includes additional information on Earth, the solar system, the universe, and making maps and models, as well as notes on the text and the illustrations, and a list of selected sources. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Although this sort of journey has been shown before (Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps or Powers of Ten), Jason Chin brings his own deft touch to it. As always, Chin’s illustrations are amazing in their details, colors, and realistic renderings (I was particularly awed by the panoramic view of Mount Everest showing a juxtaposition with the tallest skyscrapers). The simple comparisons make this accessible to early elementary kids, but the back matter makes it hefty enough for older readers. Sure to be a contender for another Sibert award.
Cons: I’m feeling pretty insignificant right now.
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