Age Range: 6 – 11 years
Grade Level: 2 – 5
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: The Blue Sky Press (September 30, 2014)
About the Book
Most of the power fueling human civilization comes from oil, coal and gas. But where do these fuels come from? How does burning them affect the Earth? This fourth volume in the Sunlight Series traces the origins of these ‘fossil fuels’ back to the earliest plants that caught sunlight and locked that energy into the bodies they built from carbon dioxide in the the air. The plants breathed out oxygen, so over millions of years, it gradually filled about 20% of Earth’s air. The book describes how over many more millions of years, there were not quite enough animals to eat all the plants, and the “extra” plants, buried with their sunlight energy still inside, eventually turned into coal and oil. Human’s sudden release of this ‘buried sunlight’ within only a couple of hundred years is radically changing our world.
KIRKUS ★ This fourth in Chisholm and Bang’s series about the sun’s relationship to life on Earth explores its ancient stores of fossil fuels and the effect of intense and rapid consumption of these in recent human history.
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THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE ★ In the latest of Bang and Chisholm’s excellent books on the role of the sun’s energy in powering life processes on Earth (Living Sunlight, rev. 5/09; Ocean Sunlight, rev. 5/12), the production and consumption of fossil fuels are explained, along with the sobering—and overwhelming—evidence for
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BOOKLIST ★ This handsome picture book opens with a cutaway view of the earth showing fossil fuels (coal. gas and oil) as glowing bits of ‘buried sunlight’, while above ground, electric lights illuminate cities, and stars blaze in the night sky. The sun addresses readers, explaining photosynthesis and how a slight imbalance in the
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Awards and Recognition
- Junior Library Guild Selection
- nominee, America Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Award for Excellence in Science Picture Books
- Chosen by Kirkus as one of the best children’s books of 2014
- Chosen by the HORN BOOK as one of the best books of 2014
- On NY Public Library’s “100 Children’s Book Titles for Reading and Sharing List” in 2014
- Short list, GREEN EARTH BOOK AWARD 2015
To see discussion questions and activities for Buried Sunlight click here.
For a link to The Classroom Bookshelf Teachers’ Guide, click http://classroombookshelf.blogspot.com/2015/01/buried-sunlight.html