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GravityChin, Jason. Gravity. illus. by Jason Chin. 32p. bibliog. diag. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781596437173. LC 2013001634.
Gr 2-5–How do we stay put on our planet and not float away into outer space? What makes things fall to the ground from high places? Chin introduces youngsters to the concept of gravity, presenting the information in highly understandable language and in captivating paintings that will delight young readers. Deceptively simple large print text describe how gravity affects all things on Earth as well as in outer space. Colorful and incredibly detailed watercolor landscapes and close-up illustrations keep readers’ attention, and certain objects are repeated throughout the pages. Although Gravity is set up like a fictional  text, the information necessary to understand the basics of gravity are present. This is a wonderful addition to libraries for younger students. In the “More About Gravity” section, readers can add to their increasing knowledge of the topic with important vocabulary and comparisons that allow for deeper understanding.–Katy Charles, Virgil Elementary School, Cortland, NY

 

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