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If … A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers

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If… A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J. Smith.  Illustrations by Steve Adams.  Kids Can Press, 2014.

If you’re familiar with If the World Were a Village (also from Kids Can Press), then you’ll understand the context in which If introduces large concepts.

Take “Your Life,” for example.  On a two-page spread, a large Sicilian-style pizza is depicted on a table surrounded by several happy children and one salivating dog,

If your whole life could be shown as a jumbo pizza, divided into 12 slices …

4 slices would be the time you spend in school or at work

1 slice would be spent shopping, caring for others and doing things around home

4 slices would be the time you spend getting ready to sleep and sleeping,

etc., until all twelve slices have been accounted for.

Other concepts featured are:

“Inventions Through Time” – depicted on a 36″ measuring tape

“Our Galaxy” – presented on a dinner plate

“Water” – represented by 100 water glasses

and 12 others.

In each case, care is taken to equate the concept to something with which children will be familiar.  This is a great way to place an intangible concept into a simple object that a child can hold within her hand.

Suggested for grades 3 – 6.  See an interior preview of If at the publisher’s website.

 

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One thought on “If … A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers

  1. How intriguing! The cover illustration really caught my attention. Makes you want to find out more.