My wife and I are not what one would call science savvy parents. We tend to gravitate towards the strange and imaginary. But then of course the natural world is pretty darn fantastical on its own. So when we took a look at an excellent new kids book exploring Earth's early history, the whole family got sucked in.
Right Where You Are Now is the debut book from author Lisa Montierth and illustrator Ashley Burke, published by Craigmore Creations, a Portland, OR publishing house specializing in Earth science and natural history books for young readers.
The storyline juxtaposes the present day world with the past. "Right where you are now, night is here, the yellow moon shines down on a quiet house. But once... There were no houses. There was only a salty sea. Fish lizards called ichthyosaurs and carnivorous plesiosaurs swam through coral reefs."
Burke's bright, retro-style artwork flows beautifully from the primitive to the present. Aerial views of neighborhood streets are contrasted against fissures and flows of lava. Icy mountains on one page blend into erupting volcanoes on the next. And bluebirds perch in an oak tree opposite prehistoric grazing beasts.
Overall, it's a intelligent and fun introduction to ancient creatures that roamed our planet, and the geological processes that shaped its landscapes. There's a brief glossary in the back explaining some of the unfamiliar terms and creatures featured, but still leaves a lot to the curious mind, with the final page asking the reader to ponder what wonders the distant future might hold (winged rabbits?).
Right Where You Are Now (ages 3-7), $16.95
(Images: Ben Partridge)
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