For Good Measure
The Ways We Say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big, How Old
By Ken Robbins
(Flash Point, Hardcover, 9781596433441, 48pp.)
Publication Date: March 30, 2010
Categories: Mathematics - General
A bushel of facts and fabulous photographs make this 24 Karat informational book shine.
The mile gets its name from the term mille passus, whichmeans “a thousand paces.” The abbreviation for pound (lb.) comes from the Latin libra pondo. Feet, pounds, quarts, miles: these are words we use every day. But where did they originate, and what do they actually mean?
Once again, Ken Robbins takes an everyday subject and, through spectacular photographs and straightforward and entertaining text, makes it come alive. For Good Measure is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
KEN ROBBINS has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children, including the highly successful PUMPKINS. He lives on Long Island, New York.
“Clear, artful photography, spare design, informative text and delicious historical tidbits make this a must-have reference books both kids and adults will enjoy.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A delightful read.” —Newsday
“The clarity that the illustrations bring to the concepts is remarkable. Everyone I shared this book with closed it saying, “I didn’t know that.” Pictures are worth a thousand words and this book makes good on that statement.” –Starred, Library Media Connection
“Clear and well-organized, the text is invitingly conversational and chockfull of interesting tidbits.” —Horn Book
“. . . Will be good as a resource tool when examining the subject.” —School Library Journal
“By tossing in tidbits of history, word origins and meanings, Robbins takes the everyday subject of measurement and makes it accessible, interesting and memorable.” —Kirkus Reviews