We just got a fabulous new book at the library called IF…A MIND-BENDING NEW WAY OF LOOKING AT BIG IDEAS AND NUMBERS by David J. Smith.
It’s written by a Canadian author and educator, who really knows how to engage readers. This has wonderful unique ways of presenting ideas on size and numbers that any kid (or adult) can understand. It’ll surely open their minds to looking at the world around them in a different way.
For example, did you know that if the planets in the Solar System were shrunk to the size of balls, and Earth was the size of a baseball, Mercury would be about the size of a ping-pong ball, and Jupiter would be the size of one of those large exercise balls you balance on for core strength. The sun would be MUCH bigger than that in comparison, about 10 times the diameter of that exercise ball! WOW!
Or….if all the water on Earth were represented by 100 glasses, then 97 of the glasses would be filled with salt water, and only three of the glasses would contain fresh water. BUT…only ONE of those glasses of fresh water would represent all the fresh water available to us. The rest of the fresh water is locked up in glaciers, frozen in the atmosphere or deep underground. Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?
The facts are accompanied by wonderful illustrations done by Steve Adams. Honestly, this is a book EVERY child should read. It should be required for school. If I had known a lot of this information when I was younger, maybe I’d have taken a greater interest in math and science.
Drop in to the library to borrow the book or place a hold. This is one read for everyone.