Sunday, January 8, 2023

"I Don't Care" and "The Universe In You: A Microscopic Journey" [Review & Giveaway]


THE UNIVERSE IN YOU. A Microscopic Journey by Jason Chin

Published by Neal Porter Books
Hardcover | $18.99
ISBN: 9780823450701
Age: 8-12

My thoughts:
What begins and ends as a charming children's story book has sandwiched in the middle a full-blown science exploration into the makeup of living matter on earth.

It begins by comparing the tiniest bird in the United States to the next smallest creature. It is measuring in centimeters, then millimeters, and goes on to explain matter down to the break down of atoms and on to quarks, etc. that are the building blocks of the universe.

From illustrations of children and hummingbirds to diagrams of atoms, molecules, DNA, etc. the explanation goes, or gallops, across the pages, It is intended for the age 8 to 12 child. It is "heady" material for the average child but should open the mind of children interested in deeper science than that of birds, plants, rocks, and water.

School and public libraries should definitely have copies of this book. I even encourage teachers of science classes to get a copy. Parents with children who are seekers and inquisitive should definitely have a copy. But it isn't necessarily a bedtime read.

About the book: Themes: Measurement, Science & Nature, Shapes
Jason Chin, winner of the Caldecott Medal for Watercress, dives into the microscopic building blocks of life in this companion to the award-winning Your Place in the Universe.

In Your Place in the Universe, Jason Chin zoomed outward, from our planet, solar system, and galaxy to the outer reaches  of the observable universe. Now, Chin reverses course, zooming in past our skin to our cells, molecules, and atoms, all the way down to particles so small we can’t yet even measure them. 

Like its companion, The Universe in You is a mind-boggling adventure that makes complex science accessible and enjoyable to readers of any age.

Impeccably researched, wholly engrossing, and with extensive backmatter for additional learning, The Universe in You is another knockout from the award-winning creator of Redwoods, Grand Canyon, and other distinguished works of nonfiction for young readers. 

I Don’t Care by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal 

ISBN: 89780823443451
Hardcover | $18.99
Ages 3 - 6

Neal Porter Books/Holiday House had the honor of publishing I Don’t Care, a lyrical story of friendship by New York Times bestselling author Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Caldecott Honorees Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal.
My thoughts:  Charming, delightful, winsome. Beautifully written to engage the attention and heart of the young listener. The text with it's light rhyme frolics across the pages showing two beautifully drawn young girls who seem at odds with one another yet don't really care what the other thinks.

As the story progresses they are drawn to each other and become very caring of each other. I absolutely love the illustrations. The captivating expressions of these two girls as they traverse the emotional journey that carries them from standoffishness to joyful togetherness.

I highly recommend.

About the book: I Don’t Care is truly a special picture book. With bouncy, rhythmic text, Julie celebrates the similarities and differences between two unlikely best friends. Like the two stars of this story, co-illustrators—and real-life besties—Juana and Molly know that differences just make a good friendship stronger. As artwork passed back and forth between their mailboxes, childhood versions of each artist came to life and came together on the page into one unified creation.
Named one of the fall’s most anticipated releases by both BookPage and Kirkus Reviews, critics agree this delightful picture book is one friends of any age won’t want to miss. Julie, Juana, and Molly would love to speak with you about how a manuscript from the point of view of one child grew to be a story of true collaboration between author and illustrators—the likes of which are not often seen.

Begins January 9
Ends February 3 @ 12:01 a.m. ET
Open to USA addresses
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


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    Book 2: Rainbow Shopping.

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  3. The books that catch my eye are: Book 1: The Daily Sniff Book 2: Every Body. I like that you can browse their catalogues to not miss anything.

  4. I like “I See a Cat”. & “Noodleheads See the Future”. My grandkids a long time ago used to call me grandma noodlehead 🤯

  5. I helped pay for my grandson’s car repairs.

  6. I do like books: #1 Big Cat and #2
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  7. I was no good for anybody today! I was sick! I wasn’t even good to myself 😷

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  9. I l pop pleasantly welcomed my eldest daughter to Florida and we are going to lunch tomorrow together!

  10. It’s too easy to say that you don’t care 🤷‍♀️ I do and I showed my friend that I do 😍

  11. My eldest daughter is out here visiting. She leaves tomorrow. I comforted her when we were talking about dad. I let her talk and I didn’t add my two cents. I let her get it out. She needed to! My poor children 🥲

  12. I called my niece to talk to her and cheer her up, but I failed miserably! We both started crying 😭

  13. I had a very uplifting Bible study today! I ❤️ Jesus🙏🏼

  14. I cheered up girlfriend in IL with a surprise phone call


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