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Examines the creation, structure, and history of the earth, the movement of the continents, and the development of life. Features pop-up, movable, and lift-the-flap illustrations.
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Viewed simply as a pop-up, this has often-dramatic feats of paper engineering; one memorable picture shows the breaking and shifting of the ocean floor. But as a work of basic nonfiction, the book falters, with an abundance of abstract data, particularly numbers, some oversimplification and other problems that spring up when such a general topic is reduced to five full-page spreads. In showing all the life that existed before the advent of human beings, the author employs the oft-used example of a clock, divided into 12 hours; Homostet sapiens enters in the last quarter second. But even this is vague: "Midnight: Softbodied creatures and jellyfish swam in the seas. 1:00 a.m.: Creatures with hard parts had evolved. This is probably the most important change in animal evolution." Young readers will shrug off these statements, or ask a resounding "Why?" before moving on to more informed sources. Ages 10-13.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 1987. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M039921447X
Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: New. Pop. Seller Inventory # DADAX039921447X