Planet Earth (The World in Infographics Series)

by Jon Richards and Ed Simkins
Owlkids Books, 2013
ISBN 978-1-926973-75-3
$16.95, 32 pp, ages 8+

In a world in which our kids are exposed to ads, commercials and memes, this book is the perfect fit for communicating important facts about Planet Earth in a way that students will immediately get. Every page is filled with full-colour illustrations of important facts about our planet. Short trivia items and engaging interpretations (as charts, diagrams and graphs) catch the reader’s attention and quickly present vast collections of knowledge.

Classroom Connections: Teachers can use this tool as an exemplar for student projects and presentations. It also connects well to many themes in Science, Social Studies and Geography, including the make up of the earth and our resources, primarily water and air. The pages are also filled with maps, captions, sidebars, fact boxes, speech bubbles and a glossary, making it an excellent tool for teaching reading skills of non-fiction text. As a library item, students who love almanacs will love the entire Infographics series.

Review by Amanda Forbes.

This review is from Canadian Teacher Magazine’s Apr/May 2014 issue.

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