Buried sunlight How fossil fuels have changed the Earth

Molly Bang

Book - 2014

"It's time to learn about the role of carbon and fossil fuels on planet Earth! As much as our news is packed with articles about the importance of fossil fuels to the world economy and the global warming caused by increased carbon emissions, few people understand what is happening. Now Bang and Chisholm present a clear, concise explanation of the fossil-fuel energy cycle that began with the sun and now runs most of the manufacturing, transportation, and energy use in our world. Here is... a stunning, simple book that will educate readers about how fossil fuels are really buried sunlight--energy caught from the sun by plants that were later trapped deep underground for millions of years. Now that this plant matter has been transformed into fuel, humans have been digging it up, changing the fragile dynamic that fulfills the global needs of all living things. In this fourth book of the award-winning "Sunlight Series," Bang and Chisholm share yet another example of the intricate connection between the sun and life itself. Using a narrative approach and gorgeous paintings, this very important story will engage readers and provide educators with a highly effective teaching tool. A wonderful addition to any library!"--

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Series
Sunlight series.
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Published
New York : The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc 2014.
Language
English
Physical Description
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ISBN
0545577853
9780545577854
Main Author
Molly Bang (-)
Other Authors
Penny Chisholm (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* This handsome picture book opens with a cutaway view of the earth showing buried fossil fuels (coal, gas, and oil) as glowing bits of "buried sunlight," while above ground, electric lights illuminate cities, and stars blaze in the night sky. The sun addresses readers, explaining photosynthesis and how a slight imbalance in the cycle of life on earth led to the formation of oxygen in the water and air as well as fossil fuels buried under land and sea. After describing the formation of those fuels over many millions of years, the sun reflects on how the burning of that buried sunlight over a few hundred years has put more carbon dioxide into earth's atmosphere and, increasingly, warmed its land and seas. Six appended pages offer more detail on the topics presented. As in the Living Sunlight (2009) and Ocean Sunlight (2012), Bang's expertise and creativity in making picture books are well matched with Chisholm's solid grasp of science. Every element in the complex, beautiful illustrations supports the informative text, which offers a welcome, long-term perspective on the subject. Combining an amiable voice with unusual breadth of vision, depth of knowledge, and subtlety of presentation, this is a masterful book in a highly original science series. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 2–4—The sun narrates this book about the slow creation but relatively quick depletion of fossil fuels, or "buried sunlight." Sounding like a father advising a child, the sun explains that while the Earth has always undergone periods of heating and cooling, those changes happened gradually, giving time for the species inhabiting the planet to adjust. Now humankind is burning—literally—through fossil fuels at such a pace that an extraordinary amount of carbon dioxide has been released within a few hundred years, heating up the atmosphere at a very rapid rate. Unless we find ways to use fossil fuels more discriminately and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide enveloping the earth, the climate will continue to destabilize with increasingly serious consequences. The sun ends by saying, "The choice is yours." While the audience deserves a straightforward discussion of environmental issues, a statement like this, especially when made to children, should be followed by empowering suggestions for action. A concluding section elaborates on points made in the main text, but the solutions listed—solar energy, nuclear energy—are beyond the reach of kids. Other than this criticism, the book is a solid resource of digestible information about our planet's past, present, and future. Bang's beautiful illustrations have a folk-art style and are saturated with deep blues and rich greens. An important, thought-provoking look at the growing environmental crisis.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR [Page 115]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Discusses how fossil fuels came to exist, their influence on today's energy and transportation landscapes, and the risks of rapid consumption practices on the planet.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A latest collaboration by the Caldecott Honor-winning artist of The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher and the National Medal of Science-winning M.I.T. professor introduces the history of fossil fuels while explaining the risks of today's rapid fossil-fuel consumption practices.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"It's time to learn about the role of carbon and fossil fuels on planet Earth! As much as our news is packed with articles about the importance of fossil fuels to the world economy and the global warming caused by increased carbon emissions, few people understand what is happening. Now Bang and Chisholm present a clear, concise explanation of the fossil-fuel energy cycle that began with the sun and now runs most of the manufacturing, transportation, and energy use in our world. Here is a stunning, simplebook that will educate readers about how fossil fuels are really buried sunlight--energy caught from the sun by plants that were later trapped deep underground for millions of years. Now that this plant matter has been transformed into fuel, humans have been digging it up, changing the fragile dynamic that fulfills the global needs of all living things. In this fourth book of the award-winning "Sunlight Series," Bang and Chisholm share yet another example of the intricate connection between the sun and life itself. Using a narrative approach and gorgeous paintings, this very important story will engage readers and provide educators with a highly effective teaching tool. A wonderful addition to any library!"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Acclaimed Caldecott Artist Molly Bang teams up with award-winning M.I.T. professor Penny Chisholm to present the fascinating, timely story of fossil fuels.What are fossil fuels, and how did they come to exist? This engaging, stunning book explains how coal, oil, and gas are really "buried sunlight," trapped beneath the surface of our planet for millions and millions of years.Now, in a very short time, we are digging them up and burning them, changing the carbon balance of our planet's air and water. What does this mean, and what should we do about it?Using simple language and breathtaking paintings, Bang and Chisholm present a clear, concise explanation of the fossil-fuel energy cycle that began with the sun and now runs most of our transportation and energy use in our world.Readers will be mesmerized by this engaging fourth book in the award-winning Sunlight Series by Bang and Chisholm.