'[An] irresistible account of a child's imaginary 8,000-mile journey through the earth to discover what's inside. Facts about the composition of the earth are conveyed painlessly and memorably.' SLJ. 'An exciting adventure. . . . Illustrations [by Caldecott Medal winner Marc Simont] explode with color and action.' CS.
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|Series:||Trophy Picture Bks.|
|Edition description:||Harper Trophy ed.|
|Product dimensions:||6.56(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.00(d)|
|Lexile:||600L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Marc Simont was born in 1915 in Paris. His parents were from the Catalonia region of Spain, and his childhood was spent in France, Spain, and the United States. Encouraged by his father, Joseph Simont, an artist and staff illustrator for the magazine L'Illustration, Marc Simont drew from a young age. Though he later attended art school in Paris and New York, he considers his father to have been his greatest teacher.
When he was nineteen, Mr. Simont settled in America permanently, determined to support himself as an artist. His first illustrations for a children's book appeared in 1939. Since then, Mr. Simont has illustrated nearly a hundred books, working with authors as diverse as Margaret Wise Brown and James Thurber. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss's The Happy Day, and in in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree is Nice, by Janice May Udry.
Internationally acclaimed for its grace, humor, and beauty, Marc Simont's art is in collections as far afield at the Kijo Picture Book Museum in Japan, but the honor he holds most dear is having been chosen as the 1997 Illustrator of the Year in his native Catalonia. Mr. Simont and his wife have one grown son, two dogs and a cat. They live in West Cornwall, Connecticut. Marc Simont's most recent book is The Stray Dog.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Charming and adorable. Great tongue-in-cheek/suspension-of-disbelief children's nature writing. In a completely fantastical vein, this book manages to cover a lot of geology. At the risk of sounding cliche, it's fun for all ages.
This book seems serious at first, and in a way, it is. It teaches basic geology - the contents of the planet as they would be encountered by someone digging a hole to reach the other side. But as the dig progresses, the reader realizes that this is an impossible venture. (Some of the equipment necessary has not yet been invented.) Yet even as it crosses the line from how-to to fantasy, the adventure continues, becoming increasingly more exciting until the journey reaches its dramatic conclusion somewhere in the shark-infested waters of the Indian Ocean. Children and adults alike will enjoy reading and re-reading this book.