Steve Jenkins brings nonfiction concepts to life. He often uses cut-paper collages to create his illustrations. His author/illustrator’s fingerprint is the life-size pictures. Steve often focuses in on some particular feature that captures a child’s curiosity. I’m curious.
I just found the book Looking Down(1995). It is a wordless book that space and map skills. I love the way he zooms in starting from outer space. The reader begins on an asteroid or rock looking at the moon and earth – both small in back ground. The next page, the reader is on the moon, looking at the earth. As you continue to turn each page, the focus zooms in on a smaller section of the page before. On the back of the book, Steve states that the map is not of a real town but resembles one that would be on the East Coast between Maryland and South Carolina.
I think this book would be a good background book for any age, high school included, when studying geography. As a teacher, this books brings an airplane experience to life. The book ends with a child looking through a magnifying glass at a ladybug. It brings new meaning to observation of our world.