Synopses & Reviews
From the creators of the Caldecott Honor Book Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems
comes a celebration of ubiquitous life forms among us. Newbery Honor-winning poet Joyce Sidman presents another unusual blend of fine poetry and fascinating science illustrated in exquisite hand-colored linocuts by Caldecott Honor artist Beckie Prange.
Ubiquitous (yoo-bik-wi-tuhs): Something that is (or seems to be) everywhere at the same time.
Why is the beetle, born 265 million years ago, still with us today? (Because its wings mutated and hardened). How did the gecko survive 160 million years? (By becoming nocturnal and developing sticky toe pads.) How did the shark and the crow and the tiny ant survive millions and millions of years? When 99 percent of all life forms on earth have become extinct, why do some survive? And survive not just in one place, but in many places: in deserts, in ice, in lakes and puddles, inside houses and forest and farmland? Just how do they become ubiquitous?
"Jenkins brings fresh perspective to the passage of time in a thought-provoking picture book that features his typically elegant cut-paper collages. With a particular focus on the natural world and mankind's impact on it, Jenkins lists diverse events that occur in the space of a second, a minute, an hour, and so on. In one week, a ladybug eats more than 500 aphids, while each month 'The world's human population increases by about 6,556,000 people. (11,616,000 are born and 5,060,000 die).' Jenkins also covers 'very quick' and 'very slow' amounts of time: a fast ball reaches home plate in 'less than 4/10 of a second,' while in one billion years, 'Earth will be too hot to support life.' Back matter offers information about life spans, population growth, and Earth's history. This subtly philosophical examination of time, scale, and the mechanics of life is all but certain to leave readers reconsidering the world and their place in it. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
and#160;This non-fiction picture book explores time and how we think about it in a different way - as a series of events in the natural world (some of them directly observable, others not) that take place in a given unit of time. Steve Jenkins' extraordinary illustrations will accompany this engaging look at time. and#160; Just a Second
is visualized as a linear series of illustrations and captions, starting with a second, a minute, an hour, a month, and a year. and#160; What happens in a second?
A gnat beats its wings 1000 times.
A hummingbird beats its wings 75 times.
A shrew's heart beats 13 times.
A bat squeaks and listens for an echo 10 times.
A dropped stone falls 16 feet.
Earth travels 18 miles in its trip around the sun.
A cheetah can run 100 feet. and#160;
Climb the tallest mountain, dive into the deepest lake, and navigate the longest river in Steve Jenkins' stunning new book that explores the wonders of the natural world. With his striking cut paper collages, Jenkins majestically captures the grand sense of scale, perspective and awe that only mother earth can inspire.
In this stunning picture book, Steve Jenkins takes us to Mount Everest - exploring its history, geography, climate, and culture. This unique book takes readers on the ultimate adventure of climbing the great mountain. Travel along and learn what to pack for such a trek and the hardships one may suffer on the way to the top. Avalanches, frostbite, frigid temperatures, wind, and limited oxygen are just a few of the dangers that make scaling this peak one of the most extreme physical challenges one can experience. To stand on the top of Mount Everest is to stand on top of the world. With informative text and exquisitely detailed cut paper illustrations, Steve Jenkins brings this extreme journey alive for young adventurers.
A nose for digging? Ears that SEE? Eyes that SQUIRT BLOOD!??! Explore the many AMAZING things that animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and, yes, tails in this interactive, award-winning picture book.
A beaver slaps its tail on the water to warn other beavers of approaching danger. A mother bat returning to the cave can locate her baby among two or three million other bats by using a special cry. And the male hippopotamus marks his territory by spinning his tail and scattering his dung.
These are just a few of the unusual ways animals communicate with one another. This beautifully illustrated work by noted author and illustrator Steve Jenkins describes many more fascinating and curious ways of animal communication.
Caldecott Honorwinning Steve Jenkins provides a top-to-bottom look at the ocean, from birds and waves to thermal vents and ooze.
Half the earths surface is covered by water more than a mile deep, but most of this watery world is a mystery to us. In fact, more people have stood on the surface of the moon than have visited the deepest spot in the ocean.
Come along as we travel
from the surface to the bottom of the sea.
Along the way you can see jellyfish that flash like a neon sign, creatures with teeth so big, they cant close their mouths, and even a squid as long as a bus, which battles to the death with a sperm whale, the largest predator on earth.
Itll be a journey you wont soon forget!
If you were an astronaut traveling far out in space and you looked at the earth, what would you see? A small ball in the huge black universe. Thatand#8217;s where these pictures begin. Then they move closer and closer to the earth, each view revealing new details. Until finally . . . See for yourself.
In this wordless picture book with stunning cut-paper illustrations, Steve Jenkins masterfully depicts the many levels of the universe, from the farthest reaches of space to the most familiar corner of your backyard.
Wings carry tiny insects, fluttering butterflies, and backyard birds, and they even once propelled some dinosaurs up and through the skies. Find out how, when, and why birds and beasts have taken to the air, and discover how wings work in this informative and brilliantly illustrated book about flight.
When it comes to wild animals, everyone knows that there are certain things you just donand#8217;t do. It's clearly a bad idea to tease a tiger, pull a python's tail, or bother a black widow spider. But do you know how dangerous it can be to pet a platypus, collect a cone shell, or touch a tang fish? Some creatures have developed unusual ways of protecting themselves or catching prey, and this can make them unexpectedly hazardous to your health.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; In this dynamic and fascinating picture book by Steve Jenkins, you'll find out what you shouldneverdo if you encounter one of these surprisingly dangerous animals.
What can happen in just a second,
a minute, or an hour? How can we measure time?
The flap of a vultureand#8217;s wing.
A crocodileand#8217;s heartbeat.
The weight of a baby blue whale.
The life of a mayfly.
These increments of time may sound a bit strange, but they are all fascinating ways in which we can think about time.
But what exactly is time?
In Just a Second, the award-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins brings forth unique ways to think about time beyond the hands we see every day on a ticking clock. and#160; and#160;This non-fiction picture book explores time and how we think about it in a different way - as a series of events in the natural world (some of them directly observable, others not) that take place in a given unit of time. Steve Jenkins' extraordinary illustrations will accompany this engaging look at time.
What would you do if something wanted to eat you? Walk on water? Stick out your tongue? Play dead? Animals in the wild use all kinds of methods to protect themselves from their enemies. Using dynamic and intricate cut-paper collages, Steve Jenkins explores the many fascinating and unique defense mechanisms creatures use to escape from danger.
Did you know that a tornado travels faster than a race car? Or that a human and spider travel at the same speed? Full Speed Ahead!
is the first picture book to directly compare the speeds of animals, modes of transport, and forces of nature in a clear and visually striking album format. Objects are grouped from slowest to fastest, with objects of the same speed on one spread, creating fascinating andldquo;matchandrdquo; races. And with a sleek, graphic design and vibrant spot-color printing, Full Speed Ahead!
is as gorgeous to look at as it is informative to read. On your mark, get set, go!
Praise for Full Speed Ahead
andquot;The information will intrigue curious minds.andquot;
--School Library Journal
Newbery Honor-winning poet Joyce Sidman presents another unusual blend of fine poetry and fascinating science celebrating ubiquitous life forms among us. Illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Beckie Prange in exquisite hand-colored linocuts.
Each spread of Big and Little shows animals that are related to each other but vary greatly in size. All animals are illustrated on the same scale, so readers can compare them throughout the book.
There are millions of different kinds of plants and animals living on the earth. Many millions more lived here in the past. Where did they all come from? Why have some become extinct and others lived on?
In this remarkable book for children, Steve Jenkins explores the fascinating history of life on earth and the awe-inspiring story of evolution, Charles Darwinand#8217;s great contribution to modern science.
An eye-catching and informative look at how animals behave in water.
Red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, pinkand#8212;animals can be startlingly colorful. Why are they found in so many shades, tints, and hues? From the scarlet ibis to the blue-tongued skink, award-winning author/illustrator Steve Jenkins depicts a whole world of colorful animals in his signature style. Living Color explores a range of animals from old favorites like the pink flamingo to rare and fascinating creatures such as the long-wattled umbrella bird and the ringed caecilian. How do the brilliant feathers, scales,shells, and skin of these animals help them survive? Find out in this strikingly beautiful book how animals use color to warn predators, signal friends, attract a mate, or hide from their enemies.
About the Author
Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated many nonfiction picture books for young readers, including the Caldecott Honor-winning What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? His books have been called stunning, eye-popping, inventive, gorgeous, masterful, extraordinary, playful, irresistible, compelling, engaging, accessible, glorious, and informative. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and frequent collaborator, Robin Page, and their children.