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50 Climate Questions: A Blizzard of Blistering Facts
Contributor(s): Christie, Peter, Kinnaird, Ross (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1554513758     ISBN-13: 9781554513758
Publisher: Annick Pr
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2012


Who knew that climate has been a leading actor in the drama of human history?

Climate is a hot topic. Turns out, it's been a major mover and shaker since time began. Climate has made it possible for new species to evolve, yet has wiped out others. We might not think about it this way, but it has a hand in determining where we live, what we do, and how well we survive.

The fourth book in Annick's highly engaging 50 Questions series gives readers the answers to earth-shattering questions such as "How big was the wallop that KO'd T. rex?" (Huge! Scientists believe a Manhattan-sized asteroid killed off dinosaurs by creating thick dust that cooled the earth's climate.) Or "Would you call this a BIG help?" (Giant poop from sperm whales is helping to reduce greenhouse gases--go, whales, go!)

You'll be surprised to read about the dangers of belching cows, or about the hailstorm that started a revolution. Discover the topsy-turvy world of climate in these electrifying pages, while enjoying the madcap illustrations along the way.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Climatic changes; History; Juvenile literature.
Climatic changes; History.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Earth Sciences
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Science & Ecosystems
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History
Dewey: 551.609
LCCN: bl2012010148
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: 50 Questions
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 7.25" W x 0.75" (1.00 lbs) 117 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):

Peter Christie is a science writer and editor whose work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines. This is his fifth book for young readers.

Ross Kinnaird is an illustrator who has worked in London, Sydney, and Hong Kong. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 May #1)

The quirky questions in this paper-over-board earth science book yield a broad discussion of climate, while cartoons provide light entertainment. Topics include global warming's effect on the Arctic ("Why is it raining inside my igloo?") and how a cooling climate 2.5 million years ago forced early humans to diversify their diets. Christie also provides insight into weather events throughout history—for example, how weather change contributed to civil unrest that spawned the French Revolution. A fun and informative resource. Ages 9–up. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 July)

Gr 5–8—This sweeping chronicle looks at climate change over the eons, giving readers a broad and multifaceted picture of a timely topic. Beginning with the Earth's gaseous origin, it clumps questions into a loose chronology. Humans appear in chapter two and then spread across the globe in chapter three. Additional chapters are devoted to the rise and fall of ancient civilizations and major and minor world events in which climate played a role. The story of Noah's ark, the Egyptian Dark Ages, and the eventual failure of the German empire to take over the Soviet Union are all examined through climate shifts. The final chapter brings readers into the 21st century with details on current changes and simple solutions that everyone can do. The chapters are strung together with nonsensical, tongue-in-cheek questions that mine the subject for humor. For example question 34, "What is it with kids these days?" refers to the 2011 effects of La Niña in Australia while question 48, "Could you call this a BIG help?" explains how sperm whale excrement helps reduce greenhouse gases. Scattered between the questions are occasional topical pages that add background to the science and scientists involved with climate change. The cartoon-style spot art matches the tone of the questions, which float on white clouds on full-bleed blue backdrops. The more sedate text is centered on each page under the cloud. Back matter includes an extensive index and chapter notes. For a historical look at a hot topic, this title might fill a need.—Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI

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