If you're familiar with If the World Were a Village (also from Kids Can Press), then you'll understand the context in which If introduces large concepts. Take "Your Life," for example.
On a two-page spread, a large Sicilian-style pizza is depicted on a table surrounded by several happy children and one salivating dog,
If your whole life could be shown as a jumbo pizza, divided into 12 slices ...
4 slices would be the time you spend in school or at work
1 slice would be spent shopping, caring for others and doing things around home
4 slices would be the time you spend getting ready to sleep and sleeping,
etc., until all twelve slices have been accounted for.
Other concepts featured are:
- "Inventions Through Time" - depicted on a 36" measuring tape
- "Our Galaxy" - presented on a dinner plate
- "Water" - represented by 100 water glasses
- and 12 others
In each case, care is taken to equate the concept to something with which children will be familiar. This is a great way to place an intangible concept into a simple object that a child can hold within her hand.
Suggested for grades 3 - 6. See an interior preview of If at the publisher's website.