Sunday, March 25, 2012

Joe Kaufman's Big Book About Earth and Space

Joe Kaufman's Big Book About Earth and Space - Golden Book 16845 - Published 1987.
So after I discovered Joe Kaufman's Big Book About Things Work, I decided (in the interests of the child's future STEM education, of course) that I had to have his other "big" science books. I got our scanner set up (whee!), so here are some selections from his Big Book About Earth & Space, which was originally published as Joe Kaufman's About the big sky, about the high hills, about the rich earth...and the deep sea.

It's basically a combination earth science and astronomy book, and the topics covered are: Early ideas about our world, the stars, the planets, the sun, the moon, the earth, gravity, energy from the sun, the air or atmosphere, the weather, weather instruments, clouds, lightning, thunder, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, the seasons, climate, plains, plateaus, hills, mountains, mountain climbing, trees, forests, jungles, deserts, the polar zones, moving continents, earthquakes, volcanoes, underground, caves, rocks, minerals, crystals, water, the oceans, seashores, rivers and lakes, ponds, bays, streams and the Future (featuring, of course, Kaufman's trademark future people wearing personal antennas).


Life without gravity looks way more fun, yes?

This 1970s weatherman has such character.


There's waaaay too much going on this illustration, but the energy and whismy (and the emo animals) are a good example of Kaufman's overall illustration style.

In addition to How Things Work, Human Body and Earth & Space, I've found Joe Kaufman's Big Book About Mammals and Birds and Joe Kaufman's Slimy, Creepy, Crawly Creatures, which covers invertebrates, insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians. Are there any other Kaufman books out there that you've enjoyed? Inquiring minds want to know!

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