How the World Works by Christiane Dorion

How the World Works

Written by Christiane Dorion
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Winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize.

Click here to see How the Weather Works by the same author.

A fully interactive guide to different aspects of the workings of the world. The story of the water cycle pops up in the most exciting and unusual way. The carbon cycle is explained in pictures, diagrams, folds outs and by measuring the carbon footprint of a many-layered hamburger. There is masses of information in this book and it is all presented in a way that makes finding out fun.

Christiane Dorion on winning the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize:

“I am honoured and thrilled to have won such a prestigious award and would like to thank the Royal Society, as well as all the children who were involved in the judging process. Children are the best judges and to have been selected by them is a fantastic recognition for an author. Reading their comments, it is truly uplifting to see how interactive pop-up books about the planet we live on still have a place in our high-tech digital world.”

Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, on the prize, which is judged by junior judging panels made up of over 1000 young people from across the UK and Commonwealth:

“Science captured my imagination as a child, from exploring the minutiae of the natural world on my walk to school to chasing Sputnik as it blazed across the night sky. Brilliant science books also have the potential to do this and completely change children’s understanding of the world around them. We believe that by involving the young in the judging of the Royal Society Young People’s Books Prize we can help to inspire them with the joys of science, whilst also ensuring that the winner is chosen by those best qualified to judge, the readers themselves.”

Other awards:

Winner of the Best Overall Information Book in the Scholastic Education PLUS Read Me/ Best Books competition.

Shortlisted for the SLA (School Library Association) Information Book Award.

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2011: Best Book with Facts.


How the World Works by Christiane Dorion

How did life begin? Is the earth moving beneath our feet? Why does it rain? Encompassing all of these questions and many more, this engaging and interactive book introduces the Earth’s cycles and encourages children to think for themselves about the impact of human actions on our world.


Praise from the judges of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize:

“There is a TON of information and brilliant pop ups and pull outs!”. Christopher, 13

“I couldn't wait to open this book, my friend Amy couldn't stop talking about how great it is; and I agree! It uses lots of scientific language and illustrations to explain all the interesting topics. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and learnt so much! Bonus!” - Rosie, 12

"a wonderful hands-on scientific adventure, waiting to be explored" - Megan, 13

“This was the best book ever, you cannot beat it!” - Jordan, 10

"A fabulous interactive novelty book that enables hands-on exploration of our planet." - Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

"How the World Works is not only ambitious but also remarkably successful. The colourful illustrations will appeal to scientists and non-scientists alike, and have allowed for the inclusion of a wealth of information without it all being too overwhelming . . all in all, this is an appealing book containing fundamental knowledge about the world to which every child should have access.” - Geographical Review, April 2010

About the Author

"I was born in a beautiful part of the world, Quebec City, Canada. From a very young age, I was passionate about the environment and writing books for children has always been my dream. I studied geography at university and then completed a Masters Degree in Education. For four years, I lectured at Laval University, working with primary schools and introducing teacher trainees to geography and environmental issues. In 1987, I obtained a scholarship to carry out a PhD in environmental education in the UK and England became my new home. When I completed my PhD, the National Curriculum was being developed for schools in England and Wales and I was asked to contribute to the guidelines for environmental education. For eight years, I coordinated the Primary Education programme at WWF-UK, producing educational resources and working with schools to implement environmental education. In 2002, I left WWF and became an educational consultant and writer. I currently work with Forum for the Future, a non- profit organisation with a mission to promote sustainable development with business and the public sector. My main role is to assess and to help with the ongoing development of the Masters programme on Leadership for Sustainable Development.

"My passion for writing children’s books stems from the thousands of questions I asked as a child, which remained, unanswered. How big is the universe? When did life begin? Why do volcanoes erupt? Why do we build cities around active volcanoes? Why isn’t there water everywhere around the world? Through my books, I aim to inspire and encourage children to explore the complex systems of the world we live in and to take positive actions to protect our planet for future generations. I am particularly interested in how we can learn to design and make things in a different way so we can use the earth’s resources more wisely and reduce the amount of waste we produce. I am also very interested in how we can learn from nature and our fellow creatures to turn waste into precious resources."

(Biography taken from the author's website - click here to visit.)

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20 pages


Christiane Dorion
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Templar Publishing

Publication date

1st February 2010




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