I, Humanity, by Jeffrey Bennett, is an amazing book in so many ways. Children can read, or be read to, about how humans fit into this enormous world we live in. The preface includes directions on how to best read this book and I love that. I could see this easily fitting into a unit on social studies that explores a student's city, state, country and world. What a fabulous extension to add space. The language is easy to understand and informative at the same time. This book will definitely have your child looking to the stars. The glossary is a great addition that makes the facts even easier to understand. Suggested activities are listed in the back as is a note to parents and teachers. To have a website that supports and expands the knowledge learned in the book is the best idea ever. Yay for showing kids how to love science!
Part of a set of books launched to the International Space Station through NASA’s Story Time from Space program, read aloud by astronauts for children around the world
Written in the first person with the viewpoint of a narrator who represents the human race throughout history, I, Humanity tells the story of what we now know about the universe and how we learned it. It begins with the ancient view of a small, flat Earth, and page-by-page shows how we’ve gradually learned about our planet, its orbit, and its place in the vast universe. The book is designed to work on three different levels: education, perspective, and inspiration. The educational aspect comes in the factual content of the story, the perspective element involves enabling children learn to see themselves and our planet in a new light, and the inspirational component comes in helping children dream of how they can help make the world a better place.