Friday, May 6, 2022

"I'm A Neutrino: Tiny Particles In a Big Universe" & "This Is a School" & "The Stardust That Made Us" [STEM] (Review & Giveaway - USA/CANADA]

I'm a Neutrino: Tiny Particles in a Big Universe by Dr. Eve M. Vavagiakis & illustrated by Ilze Lemesis

My thoughts:
 Curious as to what a neutrino is, I Googled for a definition. Below is a screenshot of the online definition which tends to make this grandmother ponder why this is the subject matter for a kid's picturebook. But I do recognize the ability of young minds to grasp more than previously thought. As a MIT Kid's Press publication the high IQ and scientific density of such a picture book is understandable.

These super tiny particles are depicted as quirky little "critters" populating the world around us and beyond to the furthest galaxy. This is a little understood particle that physicists are learning more about as time goes along. 

So what's the purpose in introducing such material to a "picture book audience"? I'm thinking that simple introduction of terminology in an environment children understand begins to lay groundwork for future educational experiences. And while not a totally "fun" it can conceivably be enjoyed by those for whom it is intended. The back matter provided is interesting for those wishing to further pursue some information on neutrinos.

About the book: An accessible and visually arresting picture book about one of the universe's most mysterious particles for the youngest scientific minds.

Before you finish reading this sentence, trillions upon trillions of neutrinos will have passed through your body. Not sure what a neutrino is? Get an up-close-and-personal introduction in this dazzling picture book from MIT Kids Press, told in lilting rhyme from the neutrino’s point of view and filled with mind-bending, full-bleed illustrations that swirl and splash the cosmos to life. Some of the smallest bits of matter known to exist—and they exist everywhere—neutrinos are inspiring cutting-edge and Nobel Prize–winning research. Here, playful text and watercolor illustrations blended with photographs distill the concept of these mysterious particles down to its essence. “Know Your Neutrinos” end notes provide context for each spread, amplifying the science and making complex astrophysics and physics concepts approachable. This indispensable STEM title urges children to dream of contributing their own discoveries.

This Is a School by John Schu & illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison 

My thoughts:
 What a delightful picture book that will ease the young child into his or her school experience. I like also that the sense of "community" is addressed several times through the book.

Cute illustrations are inclusive of a variety of ethnicity and show all working well together and happily sharing experiences.

A delightful book.

About the book: A moving celebration of school and all it may signify: work and play, creativity and trust, and a supportive community that extends beyond walls.

A school isn’t just a building; it is all the people who work and learn together. It is a place for discovery and asking questions. A place for sharing, for helping, and for community. It is a place of hope and healing, even when that community can’t be together in the same room. John Schu, a librarian and former ambassador of school libraries for Scholastic, crafts a loving letter to schools and the people that make up the communities within in a picture book debut beautifully illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison.

The Stardust That Made Us: A Visual Exploration of Chemistry, Atoms, Elements, and the Universe by Colin Stuart & illustrated by Ximo Abadía 

My thoughts:
 An oversized, informational book for children that exceeds the usual educational load for young minds. Typically, the age for learning and understanding periodic tables and other "elements" of the scientific world is relegated to upper middle grades or high school. Who knew that normal, book-lovers in the elementary sphere would be interested or even adept at absorbing such material?

Yet, here it is - The Stardust That Made Us: A Visual Exploration of Chemistry, Atoms, Elements, and the Universe.  

I found it to be pretty heavy reading for the specified age group (and, yes, even for this grandmother). Though the presentation and organization is interesting, this is not a "quick read" picture book loaded with bright and engaging images. This is probably best used in school and classroom libraries and in homes where parental guidance can aid in understanding and absorbing the information. Designed for ages 8 to 12 and grades 3 to 7.

About the book: Designed to present chemistry in a new, approachable way, this book explores the history and application of chemistry in the natural world. With incredible artwork from Ximo Abadía , the reader can visualize the 118 known elements and explore the chemical makeup of the universe. With engaging, easy-to-understand text by acclaimed science writer Colin Stuart, this title will truly captivate and inspire.

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DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winners' prizes are provided and shipped directly to the winners by Candlewick and/or its representatives. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes. 

1 comment:

  1. Gave a friend some candles that she loved!


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