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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,569 ratings  ·  281 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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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.
Nov 22, 2014 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
Richie Partington
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
Apr 03, 2014 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 10, 2014 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:
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: isk-library
"I learned that 1 rhino and a mouse in space would weigh the same"
Stephanie Croaning
This fascinating book reads like a child's fantasy, but is a great introduction to gravity for young children!

by Jason Chin
A Neal Porter book, Roaring Brook Press, 2014
ISBN 978-1-59643-717-3
Picture book, nonfiction, narrative
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Dewey: 531; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 5.3
YHBA 2016-2017 picture book nominee
5 out of 5 stars

This book is a wonderful hybrid between a fantastical story and an informational text. It is a great way to introduce the conc
Erin Reda
Sep 18, 2014 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
Katherine Austin
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-4050
1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
-This book does a great job of breaking down the concept of gravity to a level that young readers can understand. The students can learn all about gravity and how it works, what life would be like without it, etc. The illustrations are beautiful and enhance the story.
2) Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)
-2nd grade.
3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area) (1 pt)
4) Individual students who might benefit from reading (1 pt)
-Students who lo
Jan 02, 2015 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
Feb 12, 2014 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.
Edward Sullivan
Jun 08, 2014 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.
Laura Harrison
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Many people are enamored by this picturebook. Some lovely spreads but I didn't find anything terribly new or captivating.
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
The writing was too simplistic for art this complex and beautiful. Didn't mesh well.
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ellie, jacob, 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 rated it really liked it
I liked the simplicity of the writing mixed with the powerful, sciencetific message of the importance of gravity.
Jul 15, 2014 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.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm an avid reader of children's books. And picture books. And science books.

At first glance, this book appears good, but simple.

The pictures are BEAUTIFUL for adults and children alike. The text is extremely simple. The varying layout and print is intriguing. None of it screams this book will WOW you. And yet it DOES!!!

It's only a few sentences and some beautiful illustrations. I've read it one-on-one with my preschooler, and I've read it to a class of young children (ages 4-6) and in every c
Hunter Robinson
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm by no means an expert of children's literature, but I have to say this is the best picture book I've personally ever seen. It bright colors, the attention to detail, and the fact that its pretty educational just makes me feel like children would love it without even knowing they were being taught something. To start off, the art work in this book is beautiful. You can really tell the hard work that went into it, and the artist wanted to make something they could be proud of. Not only do I ap ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science, yarc2019
Argh. I can interpret most of what is said in here in a way such that it's true, but I don't think it would be understood that way by most kids. It's especially frustrating because overall, the back matter is much, much better in terms of correctness.

As usual, I like the self-referential bits of the illustrations.

Issues I had:
*In the illustrations, when everything is floating away from Earth, this doesn't include the atmosphere.
*The main text only says that the more massive thing pulls on the sm
Victoria Ouellette
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, concept
Gravity by Jason Chin is a children’s picture book that creatively describes the concept of gravity. He chose to only use a few words per page and had them very large and almost a part of the illustrations. Throughout the book itself, he uses a very basic level of explanation of what gravity it and describes it as “what makes objects fall to Earth”. This book is written so it can be an introduction to science for younger children, probably ages 7-9. At the end, Chin includes a “More About Gravi ...more
Madeline Coyne
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was beautifully done. It is a book about Earth and Gravity. It allows students to understand the very confusing topic of gravity. It allows readers to see what gravity does how it is measured and why it is so important to humans. It allows these ideas to be constructed both in illustrations and in written words. All of the terms are broken down into plain english so that students are better to understand what is going on. I would have personally liked to see a book like this while I wa ...more
Maddy Mullin
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a simple book that explains gravity and its importance. It tells about what would happen with and without gravity.

I thought this was a really cute book. It doesn't have many words, but the way it is written is really good! The illustrations are beautiful and very descriptive which is good because you have to rely on them to explain what the book is talking about.

This book would be great for a young reader. It could be used to teach about gravity, and students could use it as a resource
Megan Leslie
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: rdng-350
This picture book explores the concept of gravity. With bright, colorful pages and simple sentences, young children are able to learn about an upper level scientific theory. I liked the pictures a lot in this book. It incorporated everyday items kids use in the pictures, which I think makes learning fun for the kids! I would use this in a classroom of younger kids because it would be more appropriate on a lower reading level. Younger kids would show more interest in the pictures and the book as ...more
Marissa Brown
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall I was not a fan of this book.There was not at all a story line in this book, which I did not enjoy. It could be used in the classroom to teach about gravity, but students might get bored since there is no story line. The concept of gravity is complex for children to learn, so the book did do a good job in putting this in simplistic terms for children to understand. Although, there weren’t much words on each page and it felt very slow going from page to page, because on some pages there w ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Love the illustrations, especially where the book itself appears in the illustrations.
There is one big illustration error -- it shows everything floating out to space because there's no gravity, but still shows Earth with clouds -- no gravity means no atmosphere means no clouds.

Most people won't read "massive" as having the most mass, so the statement about things that are the most massive having the most gravity isn't really right. And small things can have strong gravity (think: neutron star),
Stephanie Cunningham
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gravity is a book all about gravity. What makes you feet stay on the ground? What makes everything stop from floating off into space? Gravity. Throughout the book we see what the world would be like if we didn’t have gravity. This book helps introduce the concepts of gravity to children in a very easy to understand way.
I really liked this book and how simple it made the concept of gravity. I also really liked the illustrations in this book. I would definitely use this book in a classroom at the
Cassidy Crawford
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l-307
Gravity by Jason Chin is a nonfiction informational picture book published in 2014. The pictures and text graphics were so much fun when reading this book it was easy to forget this books purpose was to inform which it did in a unique and engaging way. I feel like kids at any age would enjoy and have fun reading this book. If there is a unit in science about gravity this book would be fun way to introduce the term and concept otherwise it would serve as a great read aloud book because it contain ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I chose this book for my concept book. Personally, I really liked this book. The illustrations were VERY detailed and pretty, I caught myself looking at the pictures for a couple of minutes. The book itself was very generic, explaining the basics and was very factual about gravity. There were only a couple words per page which made it quicker to read through but the pictures slowed me down. I would use this book as a science teacher trying to explain how the Earth works. I liked this book a lot ...more
Jenna Argast
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gravity is a concept book by Jason Chin. This book was one of my favorite books because of the illustrations. They really draw you in and make you want to turn the page. The illustrations are vibrant and make the color pop. The book, Gravity just explains what gravity is in simple terms that students can understand. Third grade would be a good age to read this book during a science class. In addition to the words helping students learn what gravity is, so do the pictures. At the end of the book ...more
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