Jason Chin, 1978-

Book - 2014

What keeps objects from floating out of your hand? What if your feet drifted away from the ground? What stops everything from floating into space? Gravity, the invisible force that causes objects to attract each other. Here the author has taken a complex subject and made it brilliantly accessible to young readers in this unusual, innovative, and very beautiful book.

Saved in:

Children's Room Show me where

1 / 1 copies available
Location Call Number   Status
Children's Room jE/Chin Checked In
Picture books
New York : Roaring Brook Press 2014.
1st ed
Item Description
"A Neal Porter Book."
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 23 x 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Main Author
Jason Chin, 1978- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

A book on gravity falls onto a beach where a boy is playing with his toy astronaut and spaceship. Suddenly "without gravity," everything (except the boy, who clutches an outcropping of rock) starts rising into the air and floating off into space. In the end, because "everything has gravity," the objects fall back to earth, but the boy's possessions end up at a lemonade stand, while a pitcher of lemonade and cups land near him. As in Chin's Redwoods (2009) and Coral Reefs (2011), an informational text is paired with imaginative and often striking illustrations. But here, the text is quite brief, and the term gravity is explained only in the appended notes. While the main section of the book illustrates a lack of gravity in memorable ways, it does little to make the concept of gravitational pull more understandable to children. Teachers will find Franklin Branley's Gravity Is a Mystery (2007) more useful, but Chin's picture book will be an attractive addition to classroom units. A visually impressive piece of storytelling, it will please kids who enjoy what-if scenarios. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Chin (Island) takes his exceptional artistic gifts into outer space, painting with disciplined exuberance a series of spreads that explain the fundamentals of gravity. A boy playing at the beach is startled when a book—a copy of this book, alert readers will note—falls from the sky and lands in front of him. The all-caps text reads like a series of booming declarations: "Without gravity, everything would float away." On cue, the boy, his spaceman doll and rocket, and the very grains of sand on the beach lift slowly off the ground. The next page shows the whole lot drifting upward like a tide of debris into space. Chin does some David Wiesner–style visual punning as the pages of the boy's book—illustrated with paintings of a massive, fiery sun exerting force on a tiny Earth and moon—do double duty as both an object affected by gravity and an explanation of how it works. In his embrace of the wild possibilities of a world without gravity, Chin outdoes himself. An illustrated afterword provides additional explanations of mass, matter, and force. Ages 5–8. (Apr.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–5—How do we stay put on our planet and not float away into outer space? What makes things fall to the ground from high places? Chin introduces youngsters to the concept of gravity, presenting the information in highly understandable language and in captivating paintings that will delight young readers. Deceptively simple large print text describe how gravity affects all things on Earth as well as in outer space. Colorful and incredibly detailed watercolor landscapes and close-up illustrations keep readers' attention, and certain objects are repeated throughout the pages. Although Gravity is set up like a fictional text, the information necessary to understand the basics of gravity are present. This is a wonderful addition to libraries for younger students. In the "More About Gravity" section, readers can add to their increasing knowledge of the topic with important vocabulary and comparisons that allow for deeper understanding.—Katy Charles, Virgil Elementary School, Cortland, NY [Page 171]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Introduces the scientific principles of gravity using researched, simple explanations of its essential role in the universe.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The author of the award-winning Redwoods introduces the scientific principles of gravity using thoroughly researched, very simple explanations of its essential role in the universe that are complemented by vibrantly detailed, expansive artwork.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

What keeps objects from floating out of your hand?What if your feet drifted away from the ground?What stops everything from floating into space?Gravity.As in his previous books, Redwoods, Coral Reefs, and Island, Jason Chin has taken a complex subject and made it brilliantly accessible to young readers in this unusual, innovative, and very beautiful book.Chin's approach makes this book a must-have common core tool for teachers and librarians introducing scientific principals to young students.A Neal Porter Book