Early Science Mysteries

How Do We Stay On Earth? and Where Does the Sun Go At Night? (Capstone, 2012)

These first graphics answer basic questions about our world and solar system. preK- 3. Using a question and answer format, the books are all non-fiction, and have fun cartoon kids to follow through the book.

How do we stay on Earth? Where Does the Sun Go at Night?

School Library Journal blog called  How Do We Stay on Earth? one of the 10 best graphic novels in 2011

Graphic Classroom named the book to the top five list for 2011!
Keith Hodgson, staff writer, says:  “I highly recommend HOW DO WE STAY ON EARTH for your shelves.”

Graphic Novel Reader (Nathan Herald) says:

Kids have always been fascinated by the way the world works, but explaining such concepts as gravity can be difficult to explain without bogging little ones down in lots of jargon. In the new First Graphics series, Gravity and other heavy concepts are discussed in easily digestible chunks that younger readers can easily understand. In How Do We Stay on Earth? kids are introduced to gravity, what it is, how it affects us and how we can experience the effects of gravity here on Earth. … my test subjects (Mark, 6 and Patrick, 3) were absolutely enthralled with the book.

Nathan Herald ‘s TOP 10 LIST for 2011!

Children’s Literature review of How Do We Stay on Earth?

When kids discover the Earth is round they may wonder how they keep from falling off. The answer to this question, and others pertaining to gravity, are answered in this book from the “First Graphics” series. The book is attractive with its graphic “frames” and simple text. Material is presented in three chapters. Child characters in the book ask interesting questions throughout the book and readers will keep turning pages to discover the answers. Readers can relate to—examples of how gravity works when someone tosses a ball in the air and how it feels when someone rides on a carnival ride. The sections about gravity and the moon and how astronauts feel gravity in space is especially well done. The book contains a large amount of information even though the text is presented in short simple sentences. The illustrations are playful and add to ease of comprehension. Material following the text consists of a simple glossary, index, and book and Internet resources to use for extra information. The books in the series make excellent supplements to science lessons. Reluctant and emerging readers will find them attractive. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury

Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries Blog:

This is an excellent book for young students who are just learning about the mysteries of gravity. The book explains about how mass affects an object’s gravitational pull and discusses some instances where gravity feels different, like on roller coasters or the moon, all without going over the reader’s head. The illustrations make the subject matter easier to understand and more inviting to read.

No Flying No Tights 
This easy reader is a first introduction to gravity. Told in the simplest of terms, it answers a child’s first questions about gravity.

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Wonderful quality cartoonish illustrations are delightful and add humour to the factual text.


Children’s Literature review: Where Does the Sun Go At Night?

“From dawn to dusk the sun appears to move across the sky. But youngsters will discover this is not true when they pick up this book from the “First Graphics” series. The book is set up in a friendly format. It offers two to three graphic frames on each page. Frames are accompanied by short, easy-to-read text and the pace moves along steadily. On most right hand pages curious kid characters ask a question about the sun. A flip of the page reveals the answer. Answers to what causes day and night, why shadows come in different lengths, and why there are seasons are all presented. Illustrations support the text explanations well. In addition, the reading level is kept low and encourages reluctant and emerging readers. End matter consists of a simple glossary and index plus book and Internet resources for extra information. The books in the series make good supplements to science lessons and they meet many common core curriculum goals.” Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury

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