B Is for Blue Planet: An Earth Science Alphabet is a
40-page picture book that goes through the alphabet and describes
various earth science topics. For each letter, there is a four-line
rhyme along with a sidebar with a few paragraphs of information
about the topic. Each letter is also illustrated with full-color
artwork. This format allows the book to be used with all ages of
elementary students. There is a free, downloadable teachers' guide
available on the Sleeping Bear Press website.
An example from the book is "I is for Igneous Rock." There is
a four-line rhyme describing igneous rock, and the sidebar has
five paragraphs that go into detail about the three main types
of rock (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic). Other topics covered
in the book include climate zones, earthquakes, hurricanes, the
moon, fossils, oil, and tides, to name just a few.
This book is written from a worldview that assumes life on earth
is several hundred million years old, and there are several references
to this being a fact. It does not describe how the Earth came to
be, other than saying it was formed about 4.5 billion years ago.
Overall, I was disappointed in B Is for Blue Planet: An Earth
Science Alphabet. I usually love picture books by Sleeping
Bear Press, partly because the artwork is wonderful. The artwork
in this title is lacking, though, and doesn't encourage me to
pick up the book to read it. My middle son, who is 9 years old,
loves all things science related and reads various science books
in his free time. I really thought he would love this book, but
he flipped through it once in three months. Therefore, I suggest
that before purchasing this book, you check your local library
for a copy of this book to see if it appeals to you.