I haven’t participated in Nonfiction Monday in a while, and it’s time for me to get back into it.
This week, I read A Black Hole Is Not a Hole (Charlesbridge, 2012), by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano, illustrated by Michael Carroll. It was fantastic!
Thank you, Ms. DeCristofano! By using numerous metaphors and concrete comparisons, you have explained black holes in a way I can (finally) understand! You compared objects and processes to whirlpools in a stream, a pair of figure skaters, kaleidoscopes, a film in slow motion, a neighborhood…things most kids (and me) are familiar with. You made the abstract specific and imaginable. And you did it with humor and cleverness and great storytelling, too.
This book will be great for upper elementary kids and older (ahem, even way older)! And it would be great to use as a mentor text for kids writing about science. Have them work on metaphors for other scientific events/processes and write about them in a way younger kids can understand. There’s nothing like teaching something to help you understand it better yourself.
(Book source: Review copy I requested from Charlesbridge)
Travis Jonker at 100 Scope Notes has the Nonfiction Monday Roundup. Now get outta here and go learn something :>)