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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