Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life Hardcover – Feb 1 2009
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"If a good picture book does what it sets out to do, a great one sets out to do something huge and succeeds. . . . An outstanding book to read and absorb."--BOOKLIST, starred review
- "Chisholm, a professor of ecology, expands on the theme [photosynthesis], while the intense greens of Bang's gouaches bring it vibrantly to life."--THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
- "LIVING SUNLIGHT is less a tutorial on photosynthesis than a magnificent celebration of life."--NATURAL HISTORY
About the Author
Molly Bang, a three-time Caldecott Honor winner, has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young readers. When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry... was named a Caldecott Honor Book, a Charlotte Zolotow Book Award winner, and a Jane Addams Children's Honor Book. Ms. Bang divides her time between Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Northern California.
Penny Chisholm is a professor at MIT where she has been teaching Ecology for thirty-two years. She and her students research phytoplankton, tiny photosynthetic microbes which are food for all of the life in the oceans and regulate the global cycles of carbon and oxygen. She is awed by photosynthesis and wants children to understand how it connects us all.
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Photosynthesis is a very complex process, yet they make it seem simple by explaining how light energy is converted to chemical energy and stored as "CHUNKA-CHUNKA-CHUNKA . . . sugar!"
"My light becomes the energy for all life on Earth.
All living things --
including YOU --
pulse with my light
and keep circling
round and round on Earth."
I loved the simple, beautiful flow of this book. I was immediately drawn to select this book by the stunning artwork. The scientific lesson and the illustrations mesh perfectly. With books like this science for the young child can be exciting and fun!
Hurry up bookstore buyers, teachers, librarians, parents, and friends of children! If you didn't have Living Sunlight for Earth Day, buy it now because every day is Earth Day.
It is a gorgeous piece of literature and art, and I learned some basic things from it, but it is not likely to be appreciated by most children under age 9 or 10, no matter who is mentoring/teaching them. I actually hope I am wrong (and that this book will be valuable for younger children), but on the other hand, any book that's attractive for humans from age 10 through 99 (and beyond, perhaps) is still a winner. Smile....
The best part about this now for me as an adult, is that I teach the very same things to my clients as a whole foods nutritionist who thinks the world of plants and plant foods and am firmly resolved in our complete reliance on them for living a healthy life. Without plants we are nothing. We can survive easily without many other things, but we cannot survive without the greens.
LOVE THIS BOOK!