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Our World Is Relative

Feiwel & Friends. Aug. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250293688.
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Gr 1-2–Sooy’s book tackles the difficult task of explaining the theory of relativity at an elementary level. Through the eyes of a young girl and the world around her, the text presents simple ideas, like how one object can be much larger than another depending on context and comparison. Walsh’s illustrations further explain the concept. There’s not much in the way of a detailed narrative, but pictures help to establish these ideas. Walsh’s vivid art is beautifully simple. For close-up images, the scale looks amazing and helps to reinforce what the text is presenting. The full theory and explanation of relativity are difficult, but this title can work as a starter for younger children who are learning about basic measurements.
VERDICT For children just learning about measurements, this stunning title can help illuminate a complex topic

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