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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,652 ratings  ·  309 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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Roaring Brook Press
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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
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.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for a More Imaginative Introduction to Gravity
Author/artist Jason Chin, whose many wonderful works of picture-book natural history include Redwoods , Coral Reefs and the recent Grand Canyon , explores the scientific concept of gravity here. In simple text, he sets out the importance of gravity, not just in keeping objects (and atmosphere!) tethered to our world, but in keeping our world revolving around the sun, and our moon orbiting us. The accompanying artwork is immensely engaging, vividly capturing the beauty of the cosmos, and the ...more
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
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
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:
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
The writing was too simplistic for art this complex and beautiful. Didn't mesh well.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ellie, mom, jacob
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.
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
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 ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
Jun 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science, 1st, 3rd, 2nd
Bad, misleading science. I felt Chin got across the concept that gravity is a critical force in our Universe and responsible for our stable orbit. But even the visuals he provides to illustrate that - swinging a ball on a string - did not have explanatory power. What does it mean to say the string is similar to gravity? How does that help a child understand why it is similar or how it is similar. It is similar in that it produces a similar visual, but fundamentally it is NOT at ALL alike. He ...more
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 ...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 ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Picture Book

Estimate of age level of interest Ages 2-6

Estimate of reading level: Lexile 300L

Brief description: Gravity is a very straight forward, simple explanation of how gravity works on earth. The book uses repetition and illustrations to educate its’ reader. The drawings are effective in helping to make the words have meaning. I read this to my youngest son all the time. I am a huge fan of picture books that introduce scientific
Asher Henderson
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-350
Gravity is a nonfiction informational book about how gravity works. The book tells about what would happen if gravity didn't exist, and also tells about how bigger objects have a greater pull of gravity. It has very few words.

I enjoyed this book because it was simple and well done, but still informational. I am a big science and space person, so I liked that this book talked about that. More importantly, I thought this book did a good job keeping gravity simple even though it is centered around
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a great educational book. It teaches kids about the importance of gravity, what it does, and the effects it has on us every day. I think the most interesting part were the illustrations because they were so captivating. There was so much to look at on each page and the creativity was very intriguing. My favorite illustration were the ones that took up both pages, especially the one about the sun. The sun took up the entire two pages and it was so grand and mesmerizing to look ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations are very vibrant and full of color, but it is SUCH a short book! There's maybe a word or two on each page, sometimes a few words (I think) on the page. It was cool to see the book itself in the illustration, but then I kept seeing the book in the illustrations and I didn't like that. One time was fine but felt like it was way overused as part of the illustration. Part of me was thinking 'ok draw something else'. The "story" talks about how gravity affects us and the planet in ...more
Mason Hazelwood
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I liked this book a lot, as the pictures were very effective in demonstrating what would happen if gravity didn’t exist and what gravity’s purpose is. The illustrator used a lot of space like illustrations to help demonstrate the mass need for gravity and used the characters faces to display their feelings, as the women in the last face look to be in complete shock as things fell to earth. The two-page spreads are effective in conveying the big concept of gravity and not limiting the pictures to ...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
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