Here's a picture book that challenges the ease with which so many
of us invoke "millions," as one million tiny dots range across some
19 successive double-page spreads. Fanciful illustrations
superimposed over the arrays depict the various milestones along
the count-up to a million. A cow in a space helmet jumps happily
over the moon, while a tiny highlight indicates the 238,857th dot,
representing the distance in miles from the Earth to the moon; a
chubby tern appears next to his luggage, its tiny highlighted dot
indicating that, "[a]n Arctic tern will fly more than 650,000 miles
during its lifetime." Clements has done an admirable job selecting
kid-friendly facts to aid in the count-up, effectively mixing the
serious and the goofy. The concept begs comparison to David M.
Schwartz's How Much Is a Million? (1985), and while this offering
does its predecessor one better by delivering all one million
goods, it lacks some of the earlier book's sparkle. Its clarity of
design and variety of facts presented, however, make it a solid
browsing book and an entertaining alternative for fact- and
number-obsessed kids. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-12) (Kirkus
It's a long way to
a million, right?
Of course it is.
But do you really know
what a million looks like?
If you'd like to see -- actually see, right now, with your own
eyes -- what a million looks like, just open this book.
Be prepared to learn some interesting things along the way.
Like how many shoe boxes it would take to make a stack to Mount
And be prepared to do some number wondering of your own.
But, most of all, be prepared to be amazed.
Because a million is a LOT of dots.
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