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Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth

By Penny Chisholm   and Molly Bang   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545577854 Hardcover
48 Pages | 9.36" x 11.31" | Ages 4 to 8

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545577861 Ebook
48 Pages | Ages 4 to 8

Caldecott artist Molly Bang and M.I.T. professor Penny Chisholm present the fascinating, timely story of fossil fuels.

What are fossil fuels, and how did they come to exist? This engaging, stunning book explains how coal, oil, and gas are really "buried sunlight," trapped beneath the surface of our planet for millions and millions of years.

Now, in a very short time, we are digging them up and burning them, changing the carbon balance of our planet's air and water. What does this mean, and what should we do about it?

Using simple language and breathtaking paintings, Bang and Chisholm present a clear, concise explanation of the fossil-fuel energy cycle that began with the sun and now runs most of our transportation and energy use in our world. Readers will be mesmerized by this engaging fourth book in the award-winning Sunlight Series by Bang and Chisholm.

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A Booklist Editor's Choice & Top 10 Book for Youth
A Kirkus Best Children's Book Title

"This ambitious, beautifully illustrated book offers information seldom covered in science books for young children." Booklist, starred review

"Bang creates dimension and visual drama with her use of gold, blues, and black, forming an ethereal habitat for phytoplankton, jellyfish, and bioluminescent creatures." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"An awe-inspiring lesson in photosynthesis goes under the sea . . . Readers will want to visit more than once to capture both the science and the abundant sense of celebration here." Kirkus, starred review

"Every element in the complex, beautiful illustrations supports the informative text, which offers a welcome, long-term perspective on the subject. Combining an amiable voice with unusual breadth of vision, depth of knowledge, and subtlety of presentation, this is a masterful book in a highly original science series." Booklist, starred review