A BRIEF HISTORY OF LIFE ON EARTH

A Brief History of Life on Earth von Clemece Dupont

A Brief History of Life on Earth von Clemece Dupont

The rotating array of animals on the unassuming book cover hint at the wonders you will find inside. All 26 feet of them. Take a look through the initial side of the 38 pages, and you will be treated to a look at each of the geologic periods Earth has gone through. Colorful pages and a brief description serve as a guide for young readers learning about the history of our home.

On the reverse side is a timeline of Earth’s 4.6 billion years from the Hadean Age all the way to the present Halocene epoch. Make sure you have plenty of room as the accordion style pages stretch out to over five times the length of the average reader. It would make a fantastic display for the classroom or child’s bedroom.

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The depth of the information is just enough to invite further research. Visual learners especially will find this to be a treat for the eyes. The hands-on approach also make learning fun and memorable. Here’s the official word from Prestel Publishing:

A Brief History of Life on Earth by Clémence Dupont unfolds in dramatic fashion in this amazing concertina picture book that takes readers from 4.6 billion years ago to the present day.

It’s difficult to grasp the enormous changes life on Earth has undergone since it first came into existence, but this marvelously illustrated book makes learning about our planet’s fascinating history easy and entertaining. In an accordion style, the series of pages take readers through every major geological period, with bright artwork and detailed drawings. Opening on lava-filled oceans and smoking volcanoes, the book unfolds, era by era, to show how life evolved from tiny protozoa and crustaceans to dinosaurs and mammals. Fully expanded to 8 meters (26 feet), this spectacular visual timeline is a very impressive panorama that reveals evolution in all its glory. Each page is brimming with illustrations that readers will turn to again and again. A celebration of life, this extraordinary and beautiful book illuminates the history of Earth for young readers in an unforgettable and delightful way.

CLÉMENCE DUPONT is an illustrator living in Strasbourg, France. This is her first book.
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Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and please don’t forget to say what book or author you’re featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.
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MIDDLE GRADE in the NEWS 4/17/2019

Here are a few articles and features I’ve enjoyed recently:INTHE NEWS

  1. Do you have a middle grader searching for books? Here’s a great list: THE MOST EXCITING MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS of 2019. My TBR list just got a healthy dose of new titles.
  2. The ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom has released their list of Eleven Most Challenged Books from the past year. Interesting… and quite a few MG titles.
  3. Are there black kids on MG book covers? You bet. Check out the selections here.

That’s all for now. I’ll be back Friday with a review of A BRIEF HISTORY OF LIFE ON EARTH.

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MMGM for April 15, 2019

                

It’s TAX DAY in the good old USA. I already finished my 1040, giving me time to write a review of HELLO THERE, I’M COMING HOME by Laurie B. Arnold. Click the tax icon for my post and the tax form for all the other features and reviews below.
Natalie Aguirre at Literary Rambles returns to the MMGM line-up with another special feature. She has an interview with Tonja Drecker and a giveaway of MUSIC BOXES.
Michelle Mason at Musings of a Young Adult Writer is also back this week with a review of RUBY & OLIVIA by Rachel Hawkins.
Sue Heavenrich at Sally’s Bookshelf reviews The Three Rules of Everyday Magic, by Amanda Rawson Hill
June McCrary Jacobs at ‘Reading, Writing, & Stitch-Metic’ features a non-fiction oversized picture book for MG readers, The Wonderful World of Clothes, written and illustrated by Emma Damon.
Joanne Fritz hasn’t forgotten about National Poetry Month. She features it today at My Brain On Books.
Maria Antonia at Of Books, Photography, and Tea has a review of Checked by Cynthia Kadohata.
Patricia Tilton at Children’s Books Heal reviews Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord,  a book full of  heart.
Andrea Mack at That’s Another Story joins us again with her take on Blended by Sharon Draper.
Dorine White at The Write Path has a review of A Good Night For Shooting Zombies by Joca Jacobs.
Janet Smart at Creative Writing In The Blackberry Patch shares her thoughts on two books she read this week: The Little Riders by Margaretha Shemin and Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier.
Suzanne Warr at Tales from the Raven spotlights Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh.
Karen Yingling at Ms. Yingling Reads has another great MMGM post. Be sure to check out today’s feature and all of her reviews the past week including August Isle by Ali Standish.
If you would like to join in the MMGM fun and get your own spot in the parade, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count–but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you’re featuring and a link to your blog at gpcolo (at) gmail (dot) com
(Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and please don’t forget to say what book you’re featuring)
You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.
Thanks for spreading the middle grade love and for being a part of this awesome tradition begun by Shannon Messenger and carried on here at ALWAYS in the MIDDLE! (CLICK HERE FOR PAST MMGM POSTS)
*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.
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HELLO THERE, I’M COMING HOME!

WELCOME TO ANOTHER MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY!

This week at ALWAYS in the MIDDLE I”m featuring another end to a series, and what a great journey readers have had. Laurie B. Arnold began the tale of orphan Madison McGee in 2013’s HELLO THERE, WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU. Next came HELLO THERE, DO YOU STILL KNOW ME? in 2017.

If you’re not familiar with the series, fear not if you begin with the third story. Layout 1You’ll quickly discover the magic in the form of the MegaPix6000, a television with a rather unique remote. Use it correctly and you can travel to the time and place of any show being broadcast in an instant. Madison also has a magical fanny pack that can often supply just what is needed in an emergency.

The tale begins in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where Madison now lives with her grandmother. Madison is off to spend the summer in Bainbridge Island, Washington where she grew up. She’ll be there with a former neighbor and two of her best friends. Before reaching the airport, Madison finds a picture of a dark haired boy and the mystery takes off.  With help from her friends, they find the boy and to save him they time travel to Las Vegas, Nevada where his half brother holds the secret he stole 13 years ago.

I’ll stop there so I don’t give too much of the plot away, especially who the dark haired boy turns out to be. Madison’s first person narration hits home for any girl or boy who enjoy an adventurous read. The time travel aspect is the key for making the story such a hard one to put down, and it will have you thinking about what shows you’d time travel to if given the chance. The pages go by in a hurry as themes of family, friendships, and future all come together in a satisfying conclusion. Entertaining at every turn, a book like this will make a great companion on those future spring and summer trips.

PUBLICATION DATE: 2019   PAGE COUNT: 224

FIVE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT:

HELLO THERE, I’M COMING HOME!

  1. The loss of a parent can be a tough topic to explore, and even though Madison misses her mom greatly, she feels her mother is watching from the clouds above.
  2. All the main characters in the first two books return and their arc of change and growth are more than evident.
  3. Time travel has never been presented in this way where you port through a television. A great and necessary part of the story.
  4. Rosalie Clair is a character who supplies the adult presence. She is thoughtful and always makes the kids think in different ways.
  5. The third story tidies up all the loose ends in an heartwarming way.

THE OFFICIAL BLURB

In this third and final book in the series, Madison is on a fateful trip back to Bainbridge Island, where she grew up, to spend the summer with her best friends, Noah and Violet.

It’s an emotional journey, shadowed with memories of her mother, and questions about her father’s disappearance. As she and her dog Leroy travel from New Mexico to the west coast, she opens her fanny pack and discovers a photo of a black-haired boy. Even though she’s sure he’s a stranger, she intuitively knows that he needs her help. Again, it’s the MegaPix6000 to the rescue, and the “Mighty Trio” enters a weird and frightening world of magicians, shapeshifters, and evil doers.

The biggest mystery for Madison to solve is a personal one. Her search for answers leads her to discover that sometimes life changes in unimaginable ways, and that the unexpected can finally lead her home.

Laurie B. Arnold on “Where did the idea of the MegaPix 6000 TV come from?”

L Arnold high rezWhen I was a child, books were my magical portal into another world. I’d imagine I was tag-teaming with Harriet in Harriet the Spy; that I was Laura in the Little House books; and I still fantasize that some day I’ll awaken to a completely transformed bedroom just like Sarah did in A Little Princess. Oh, and would someone please give me a magic purple crayon just like Harold’s?! I longed to literally dive into books and to become part of the story. So the MegaPix grew out of that childhood fantasy. I’m not an avid television watcher, nor was I as a child, but TV is another canvas for storytelling – and it fit perfectly with the real Madison’s Most Boring Summer when she was forced to watch the shopping shows day in and day out with her grandmother.

(For more Q & A and other features visit Laurie’s wonderful web site)

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I received an ARC in exchange for  my honest review.

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WILDERNESS—EARTH’S AMAZING HABITATS

wilderness.jpgThis stunningly beautiful book is a celebration of the plants and animals throughout the world. The stage is set on the first two pages with a location map of the 16 habitats, home to roughly half of the animal and plant species. Many of the places will be unfamiliar (a half dozen or so for me):

  • RAINBOW FALLS (Hawaii)
  • BOREAL FOREST
  • TEHUACAN-CUICATLAN VALLEY (Mexico)
  • TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK (Costa Rica)
  • TROPICAL RAINFORESTS OF HONDURAS
  • AMAZON RAINFOREST
  • NIOKOLO-KOBA NATIONAL PARK (Senegal)
  • SUNDARBANS NATIONAL PARK (India)
  • KAHUZI-BIEGA NATIONAL PARK (Congo)
  • TROPICAL RAINFOREST OF MADAGASCAR
  • SINHARAJA FOREST RESERVE (Sri Lanka)
  • SIKHOTE-ALIN NATURE RESERVE (Russia)
  • QINLING MOUNTAINS (China)
  • TROPICAL RAINFORESTS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA (Malaysia)
  • TROPICAL RAINFOREST OF NEW GUINEA
  • DAINTREE NATIONAL PARK (Australia)

Each of the habitats gets its own two page colorful spread and a description of what you will find there. The final pages are a WOULD YOU LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE? feature. Each of the habitat pages return in a smaller size detailing the animal names, the number shown, and more information on some of the animals.

This short video gives you a peek at what’s in store:

Perfect as a gift or to be used as initial research, WILDERNESS begs to be opened and enjoyed. Here’s the official background from Prestel Publishing:

Wilderness: Earth’s Amazing Habitats by Mia Cassany and illusrated by Marcos Navarro  (April 2019; Ages 6-9; Hardcover $19.95; 48 pages) takes young readers to the planet’s wild regions, including forests, jungles, tundras, and deserts to discover the animals that call it home.
This captivating book brings the natural world into sharp focus. Beautifully colored and intricately detailed illustrations depict places as exotic and wide-ranging as Senegal’s Niokolo-Koba National Park, Russia’s Sikhote-Alin mountain range, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka, Daintree National Park in Australia, the Mexican desert, and China’s bamboo forests. The animals that live in these remote places, cleverly hidden in the trees, plants, and flowers, create a marvelous challenge for young readers to find and identify. Each spread contains more than twenty different species including birds, snakes, frogs, iguanas, leopards, tigers, gorillas, pandas, and wolves. The back of the book is filled with additional information about the animals and their habitats. Young readers will find much to discover, explore, and learn in this absorbing celebration of our planet and the amazing creatures we share it with.
MIA CASSANY is the author of numerous books for children including Atlas of Imaginary Places and Great Ports of the World (both by Prestel). She is the co-founder of Mosquito Books. She lives in Barcelona, Spain.
 
MARCUS NAVARRO is an illustrator living in Spain. This is his first book.
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Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and please don’t forget to say what book or author you’re featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.
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*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.
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Middle Grade In The News 4/10/19

I’ve been so busy reading and posting reviews, I had to put this feature on the back burner. It returns this week with links to articles I’ve enjoyed recently:INTHE NEWS

  1. I’ve read most of them, but it’s nice to see a compiled list of 8 OF THE BEST MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS ABOUT SIBLINGS.
  2. Chelsea Clinton has written several children’s books and is back with an offering for middle grade: Start Now!: You Can Make A Difference
  3. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is over, but the hottest properties were Middle Grade books. So great to hear this news.

That’s all for now. I’ll be back Friday with a review of WILDERNESS—EARTH’S AMAZING HABITAT.

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MMGM for April 8, 2019

        

It’s National Zoo Lover’s Day! Before visiting one today I have a review of CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE END OF THE YEAR by Bill Harley. Click the Hippo for my post. Find more features and reviews below through each blogger’s zoo animal.
Welcome back to S.A. Larsen at Writer’s Alley! She shares an excerpt from the new middle grade release ROGER MANTIS by Tom Allen Brosz and there’s a GIVEAWAY!
June McCrary Jacobs at ‘Reading, Writing, & Stitch-Metic’ features  Forest Fairy Crafts Through the Seasons, a craft book designed for MG boys and girls.
Joanne R. Fritz at My Brain on Books joins the cheering section for  THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER by Lamar Giles.
Completely Full Bookshelf recommends Smile by Raina Telgemeier.
Patricia Tilton at Children’s Books Heal reviews Tears of the Mountain by Michelle Isenhoff. about the ancient orient,  prophecy, and the destiny of a boy to change the world.
Beth Mitchell at Imaginary Friends has a review of To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer.
Rosi Hollinbeck features The LOST GIRL by Anne Ursu with a review and GIVEAWAY. Rosi also has some not to be missed links for her writing friends.
Author Stephanie Robinson at Fairday’s Blog features the book PAPER THINGS by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. 
Dorine White at The Write Path has an author interview with Lamar Giles, author of The Last Last-Day of Summer.
Karen Yingling at Ms. Yingling Reads has another informative MMGM post. Be sure to check out today’s feature and all of her reviews the past week including Charlie Bumpers vs. The End of the Year.
Janet Smart at Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch reviews The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd.
If you would like to join in the MMGM fun and get your own spot in the parade, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count–but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you’re featuring and a link to your blog at gpcolo (at) gmail (dot) com
(Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and please don’t forget to say what book you’re featuring)
You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.
Thanks for spreading the middle grade love and for being a part of this awesome tradition begun by Shannon Messenger and carried on here at ALWAYS in the MIDDLE! (CLICK HERE FOR PAST MMGM POSTS)
*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.
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