You know what? I love Lonely Planet Kids books. I find them to be well made and very interesting. The Big Earth Book is no different. You are invited to discover how earth, air, fire and water shaped the world that we live … take a tour to discover the past, the present and the future of our world.
Structure of the Earth, Geothermal, Digging for Treasure, The World Today
Layers of air, Into Space, El Nino, Playing with the wind.
Before Fire, Wildfire, Oil Rush, Beacons of Light.
Origins of Water, Water and Farming, Canals, The Future of Water.
Colourful illustrations draw the eye in, helping you to want to learn the facts that Mark Brake wants to impart to us. Most of the pages are full of illustrations by Brendan Kearney. Occasionally full colour photos are added. Aren’t they well done? You can just see how the ocean currents and the air movements work together can’t you?
This isn’t just a book about four elements, we get history, geography, science and so much more. The bright colours, the easy reading text, the well placed photos, all add up to a book chock full of good information for your upper elementary to middle school students.
The text is written at an easy to understand level without talking down to the student. The purpose is to educate with good vocabulary to help the student think, but with enough good material so as to be informed.
I just love how the whole package fits together. I learned so much leafing through the pages. For instance, did you know that “trade winds” got their name because at the time “trade” meant “path” in the English language and these winds follow a path as they move about, sailors used them to trace a path across the Atlantic ocean…Neat eh?!
Lonely Planets Kids is not a christian organization, and as such follows the old earth frame of reference, this does not need to detract from the great information contained within it’s pages. It’s bright, colourful pages provide numerous talking points, and help show what the text is referring to. It’s well worth a look at whether you are secular or Christian. I think it would be a great resource to add to any library or to leave sitting around for a curious minded child to pick up and leaf through.
The Big Earth Book
Dr. Mike Goldsmith (consultant)
Lonely Planet Kids
Hardcover, earth, geography, history, science, resource
Reviewed for: Raincoast Books.
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