A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers
Kids Can Press, 9781894786348, 40pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2014
By simply reducing everything to human scale, Smith has made the incomprehensible easier to grasp, and therefore more meaningful. The children who just love these kinds of fact-filled, knock-your-socks-off books will want to read this one from cover to cover. It will find the most use, however, as an excellent classroom reference that can be reached for again and again when studying scale and measurement in math, and also for any number of applications in social studies, science and language arts. For those who want to delve a little deeper, Smith has included six suggestions for classroom projects. There is also a full page of resource information at the back of the book.
About the Author
Steve Adams has collaborated with a wide range of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and the Globe and Mail. He has also illustrated eight children's books. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Praise For If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers…
This would be a fun book to book-talk to children in grades two to six.—Resource Links
The text serves as an excellent discussion starter and bridge to comprehending big concepts. A solid suggestion for fact-focused young readers.—School Library Journal
The best thing about If... is that it can be truly enjoyed by all ages. ... If... is also an excellent resource for teachers as it easily fits into Mathematics, Social Studies, History, and Geography at different grade levels.—CM Magazine
Smith, who employed the same kind of imaginative scaling down of ideas in his popular 2002 book, If the World Were a Village, does a great job making nearly incomprehensible concepts less so.—Quill & Quire
If this book were a pizza, young readers would gobble down every slice---and demand more for dessert.—Kirkus Reviews
... this is absorbing and informative.—Booklist