Curious Comparisons: A Life-Size Look At the World Around You – Jorge Doneiger


     Curious Comparisons: A Life-Size Look At the World Around You – Jorge Doneiger, photographs by Guido Chouela, Christina Reche, Marcello Setton and David Sisso, Candlewick Press, (9781536200218), c2008, 2020

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Curious readers will explore size, measurement and time, among other concepts, through fun facts and colorful photographs. Most of the objects are “life-size” with a couple of exceptions.  Readers learn fun facts that clearly illustrate the mathematical and scientific concepts. For example, readers learn that “If we could collect all the air we breathe in a single day, we could fill more than 800 balloons.” While a gatefold spread depicting a cow’s udder opens to reveal a photo of 95 glasses of milk with the text: “One cow can produce around 7 gallons (27 liters) of milk a day.”  The author includes “Life-Size Facts for the Very Curious” which give more detailed information on the concepts.  This import translated from  the Spanish makes learning fun.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book will be enjoyed by readers who love math and science.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? 502

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 11/30/2020 

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