The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky

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A colorfully illustrated biography of the Greek philosopher and scientist Eratosthenes, who compiled the first geography book and accurately measured the globe's circumference.
 

About Kathryn Lasky

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Kathryn Lasky was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 1944, and knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was ten. She majored in English in college and after graduation wrote for various magazines and taught. Her first book, I Have Four Names for My Grandfather, was published while she was teaching. She has written more than seventy books for children and young adults on everything from historical fiction to picture books and nonfiction books including the Dear America books and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Many of her books are illustrated with photographs by her husband, Christopher Knight. She has received many awards for her titles including Sugaring Time which was a Newberry Honor Book; The Night Journey which won the National Jewish Book Award for Children; Pageant which was an ALA Notable Children's book; and Beyond the Burning Time which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She has also received the Washington Post's Children's Book Guild Award for her contribution to children's nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. KEVIN HAWKES is the illustrator of over 35 acclaimed picture books and chapter books including Library Lion, Weslandia, and Chicken Cheeks. His vibrant colors, unusual perspectives, and sense of humor are hallmarks of his work. He lives with his charming wife and children in Southern Maine where he is often found wandering aimlessly in his garden. When forced indoors, he works quite happily painting cobalt blue skies, imaginary landscapes, and flying pianos.
 
Published September 1, 1994 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Blending fact with informed conjecture, Lasky describes the education of a wellborn Greek boy, suggests questions he might have asked, and follows him from school in his native Cyrene (in what is now Libya) to further study in Athens and his post at the great library at Alexandria.

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Newbery Honor author Lasky (Sugaring Time) deserves high marks for her attempt to present formal mathematical concepts in a picture-book format. The result, however, is a somewhat uneven amalgam of fa

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Newbery Honor author Lasky (Sugaring Time) deserves high marks for her attempt to present formal mathematical concepts in a picture-book format.

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