Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

A World of Information

Platt, Richard (Author)
Brown, James (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2017. 64 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9780763693480 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 031.02
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

layout, multimodal, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Useful as a reference book and fun for reader browsing, this unique collection addresses a variety of human inventions and phenomena of the natural world. Thirty large double-page spreads feature topics such as “Different Types of Knots,” “Music Notation” and “Neap and Spring Tides.”

Full-page, two-colour illustrations depict detailed information and schematics. On a mint-green background, a white silhouette image of a bike includes pull-points and an accompanying list of parts in “The Anatomy of a Bicycle.” Egg-yolk yellow provides the background for diagrams depicting “The Golden Ratio & The Fibonacci Sequence.” A mosaic of red and white provides an attractive grid of capital and lower-case letters of “The Greek Alphabet.”

Facing pages use catchy headlines and spot illustrations to draw readers into the text, while clear and eloquent language offers background, anecdotes and related facts on each topic—be they about our bodies (“Internal Chorizo: measuring 21 feet, the small intestine is long enough to make the skins for forty to fifty sausages”), our planet (“Afloat on the earth’s soft mantle … the tectonic plates that make up its crust move at the speed our hair and fingernails grow”) or inventions, such as time zones: “speeding trains forced nations to synchronize clocks to avoid timetable clashes and train crashes.” Altogether this attractive volume offers an opportunity for new knowledge and a sense of discovery.

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    Examine the front and back covers, the title and the subtitle, then take a picture walk to become familiar with the content. How is the information presented? Talk about the text features. How does the page layout help you understand the text?

  •  As you read, organize key facts on a T-chart according to whether you think they are interesting or important to know.
  •  Compose an acrostic poem on one of the topics, incorporating facts from the text.
  •  In a small group, write (10) trivia questions based on one of the chapters. Hold a trivia challenge between groups, answering each other’s questions.
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    Examine the front and back covers. What topics do the illustrations suggest will be covered?

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    Browse through the book and explore the various subjects. Choose a page and organize the information according to what you know and what is new to you.

  •  Compose an acrostic poem on one of the topics, incorporating facts from the text.
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    Choose a page that is of interest to you and talk about it in a small group. Why do you find this subject interesting? What surprising information did you come across?

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    Examine the table of contents. With a partner, discuss what you already know about each listed topic, focusing on the most interesting aspects.

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    Pay attention to how the pages of text work with their corresponding images. Do the text and images support each other?

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    Using a similar layout model, choose an interesting topic of your own and create a two-page spread of facts, relevant information, illustrations and explanations.

  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology