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4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  1,031 Ratings  ·  216 Reviews
What keeps objects from floating out of your hand?
What if your feet drifted away from the ground?
What stops everything from floating into space?

As in his previous books, Redwoods, Coral Reefs, and Island, Jason Chin has taken a complex subject and made it brilliantly accessible to young readers in this unusual, innovative, and very beautiful book.

A Neal Porter Book
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Roaring Brook Press (first published April 1st 2014)
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Nov 22, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it
In very simple and very understandable words - sometimes only one per page - Jason Chin explains what gravity does and why it is so important. He doesn’t say what it is until an Afterword, in which he supplies more (but not exceedingly) complex details about gravity. I think he does a great job.

The watercolor illustrations also by Chin are striking, while also playful and fun, choosing objects to depict that will resonate with children.

The author said in an interview:

"I want kids to read my book
Jillian Heise
I love Jason Chin's non-fiction picture books and GRAVITY is a strong new addition to his repertoire. The illustrations are gorgeous, the info is simply written and easy to follow in a circular story, and he provides more factual information (beyond the simply told basics in the story) at the end that is still written in a fun to read way. I also love that his book shows up in the illustrations as part of the story.
Richie Partington
Jun 28, 2014 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
Richie’s Picks: GRAVITY by Jason Chin, Roaring Brook, April 2014, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-717-3

“What goes up must come down”
--Blood, Sweat & Tears

Why must it come down? Why, gravity, of course!

“Gravity makes objects fall to Earth. Without gravity, everything would float away. The Moon would drift away from the Earth. The Earth would drift away from the Sun. Luckily, everything has gravity.”

Most of us take gravity for granted. But when gravity ceases functioning, the words making up the text
May 10, 2014 Margie rated it it was amazing
I find myself smiling every single time I read Gravity written and illustrated by Jason Chin. The blend of text and illustrations is stunningly conceived and executed.

My full review:
Erin Reda
Sep 18, 2014 Erin Reda rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott
The book Gravity is a book about what gravity is and what it does. It's very informational and could be used in the class room to go along with a lesson about gravity. The book teaches that everything has gravity or else everything would float away. The book also teaches that if there wasn't gravity the moon would float away from the Earth, and the Earth would drift away from the Sun. At the end of the book it has a more about gravity page and has different informational facts about gravity. The ...more
Oct 01, 2014 Joan rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: primary graders as a last resort
I wasn't impressed with it. It basically gives a few statements and that is the whole picture book. There is back matter that explains a bit more but left me unsatisfied. It uses the word mass as part of information about gravity, then defines it, poorly, in the next page. I wouldn't have picked up on the distinction between mass and weight if I hadn't gone back and reread the paragraph. That can be a difficult concept, and the distinction between mass and weight was not well explained, I felt. ...more
May 31, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Great book to learn about gravity. The kids could read the book and then at the end I read the facts page to them. Great pictures.
Lauren Waters
Sep 10, 2016 Lauren Waters rated it really liked it
I liked the simplicity of the writing mixed with the powerful, sciencetific message of the importance of gravity.
Amanda Nye
Mar 19, 2015 Amanda Nye added it
Shelves: nonfiction
1. Eric, The Boy Who Lost His Gravity, Jenni Desmond, 2014

2. I chose this book as the twin text because it puts a fun twist on gravity. Students can take what they learned from the nonfiction book about gravity to identify when the boy is breaking the laws of gravity. From the book, Gravity, children learn what gravity is and in the fiction book, they are able to apply that knowledge.

3. Combination (Description/Cause and Effect)

4. The use of these books would not only be a great science lesson,
Mar 10, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Within the illustrations, this book itself dramatically depicts the concept of gravity. The first six pages alone are used to drive home the most relevant point. We are drawn to the Earth. Next, a young boys toys demonstrate the laws importance on a grander scale, space. For this, the book acts like a window, until it finally drops back to Earth into the laps of different children. The artist has created some magnificent compositions. Perspective, size, and space visually mimic the content; it f ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Zack rated it it was amazing
Shelves: concept
Gravity is a very good book. The pictures and words sync well with each other, and I found the explanation for how gravity works to be very informative.
The information was clear, concise, and presented in a way that made it simple to understand. The best part of the Book in my opinion is the further reading guide in the back which takes advantage of the reader's interest in the story without seeming condescending, and it actually looks fun to read.
The illustrations are very lively, and cheerful
Sep 15, 2014 Christy added it
Shelves: concept
Gravity is a wonderful book to teach young children a simple idea of what gravity is. Jason Chin did a marvelous job with how he put just a few words on every page and when he writes about “without gravity, everything would float away.” Those last two words are in space and look like they are floating away. He explains how gravity keeps everything in place to where a child can understand it and know that because of gravity if you throw something in the air it will fall back down. The illustratio ...more
Catalina Charles
Mar 23, 2014 Catalina Charles rated it it was amazing
Chin, Jason. Gravity. illus. by Jason Chin. 32p. bibliog. diag. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781596437173. LC 2013001634.
Gr 2-5–How do we stay put on our planet and not float away into outer space? What makes things fall to the ground from high places? Chin introduces youngsters to the concept of gravity, presenting the information in highly understandable language and in captivating paintings that will delight young readers. Deceptively simple large print text describe
Feb 11, 2014 Cristina rated it it was amazing
Book goes up. Book comes down. At least with Jason Chin's book, Gravity, it actually becomes part of the story as it falls, floats, and drifts along in space with other objects. As the story begins, the book descends from the sky onto the shores of a beach. A boy plays with a toy spaceship and miniature astronaut and the book drops in front of him. Once the text describes what it would be like without gravity, the images on the pages depict how everything on Earth would float upward into space, ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
this concept book is AWESOME! The pictures are so great, bright, and captivating. The book would be great for first through third grades for a science lesson. Chin uses a picture of his own book falling from the pages to demonstrate gravity, which turns out to be very neat. There are so many funny illustrations for students to focus on. There are so many funny illustrations for students to focus on. There are very few words per page which allows children to see more of the pictures when the book ...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
What if? This book asks just this question about gravity and what would happen if there was none. Gain a glimpse of our universe as if gravity did not exist. Jason Chin does a wonderful job getting a young reader introduced to the sometimes complex understanding of gravity. The words are few and basic yet they help the youngest of minds to begin thinking about science. Although this is a non-fiction book, it reads and looks like a picture book. It is illustrated so beautifully that you forget th ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, science
This simple narrative introduces gravity to younger readers in a novel and conceptual way. Gravity by Jason ChinThe narrative has about 60 words total, making the pictures that much more important. The watercolor illustrations are dynamic, depict interesting perspectives and incorporate graphic novel elements, making the reader feel like he or she is floating or falling, depending on the visual. The narrative basically states that gravity makes things fall to the earth and without it we would al ...more
Jun 11, 2015 Daniela rated it really liked it
Shelves: delco-to-order
I love the fact that this nonfiction book is perfect for my youngest readers! The stunning pictures will be great catalysts of conversation about Gravity. The text is shirt and simple which makes it very friendly for our beginning readers. I especially like the pages hat contain further information.
Michele Knott
May 12, 2014 Michele Knott rated it it was amazing
What a visually stunning book! I had to go back again to make sure I didn't miss anything. Simple text, yet does not sacrifice good scientific writing and use of vocabulary. I saw someone mention this as a possible Geisel nominee and I would agree.
Emily Petering
Mar 29, 2016 Emily Petering rated it really liked it
This book is a super simple explanation of gravity and what it does. Because the author used such simple, limited language, children of all ages could easily read and understand this book. The illustrations also tell a lot more than the words. The illustrator used gorgeous pictures to add a little more detail to the simple book. It was also interesting that in each picture, the illustrator somehow incorporated a copy of this book.

This would be a great book to use in the classroom for teaching a
Mar 21, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: slib-520
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Gravity Hardcover – April 29, 2014
by Jason Chin (Author, Illustrator)

Themes: Science- gravity

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Kirkus Book Review Stars, February 15, 2014

This story is told with very little words. It is about a boy on the beach that discovers a book called, Gravity, that falls to the Earth. Everything except the boy begins to float away illustrating the importance of gravity on Earth. The last to pages go into more detail and explain more about gravity.

This is a great addition to a Forc
Apr 09, 2016 Rochelle rated it it was amazing
Jason Chin has found a visual, linear, simple way to introduce the power of gravity and its importance to our world for not only beginning readers, but older readers as well. Through sparse text written in large font and illustrations of known objects and celestial bodies, we learn how gravity keeps the earth in its spot in relation to the sun, and the moon in its proper place in relation to the earth. Once the story, which should be read as many times as wanted in order to understand the force ...more
Natalie Mauro
May 02, 2015 Natalie Mauro rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was amazing! "Gravity" is a nonfiction book that is intended for young children, preschool age through early elementary school. While it is not a super complex nor detailed book, it's a great introduction to the subject of gravity and space. The author is able to simply describe to children what gravity does and why it's so important. It's so simple, yet able to explain so much in a way in which children can easily understand and comprehend. The watercolor illustrations are striki ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Venus rated it really liked it
Review originally posted here at Children's Atheneum.

What keeps objects from floating out of your hand?
What if your feet drifted away from the ground?
What stopped everything from floating into space?

In beautiful Jason Chin fashion, young readers are given another fantastic non-fiction picture book, this time concerning Newton's most famous law. Chin speaks with authority, zooming out further and further as he explains gravity and its effects. The story is simple, reminding me of A Trip I
Edward Sullivan
Jun 08, 2014 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Like evolution, gravity is "just a theory" but, as this book wonderfully illustrates, the universe would be quite a mess without it.
Jonathan Andrew
Mar 29, 2016 Jonathan Andrew rated it liked it
This book was exactly what you would expect from the title. It described gravity. It explained that it is what causes objects to fall to earth. And without it, objects float away. It also is what keeps our planet in orbit. I liked this book because it would be perfect for a young reader who is just learning about gravity and the world. It explains the concept in very simple terms and with lots of fun pictures that allow you to visualize everything. At the end, it also has fun facts about gravity ...more
Laura Harrison
Dec 30, 2014 Laura Harrison rated it liked it
Many people are enamored by this picturebook. Some lovely spreads but I didn't find anything terribly new or captivating.
Jul 24, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it
Minimal text and sumptuous illustrations simplify the concept of vocabulary in an accessible way. In some cases, the author chooses to include only one or two words on a page. The final page in which strange objects seem to have landed out of nowhere in the middle of a lemonade sale is the perfect end to the book. Not only would this be a great title for an elementary class, but it might have some uses in a middle or high school science class because of the clarity of the author's explanation. B ...more
Collin Powell
This is a non fiction picture book by Jason Chin. This is a simple, non-fiction book that explains the basics of gravity to its below second grade audience the basics of gravity. At the back of the book, definitions of key concepts with illustrations are provided for adult readers.
I like the simplicity of it and that a student could easily follow along from the illustrations. It could be used during science class and could also be sent home to be read to parents as the language throughout mos
Dec 24, 2014 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young science requests
Recommended to June by: Goodreads children's book group?
Chin does it again, gravity is explained for young children. Beautiful illustrations.
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