THE WORLD IS ROUND by Glen Langston

THE WORLD IS ROUND is a story written to entertain children. It is also a true story of history, and one that is seldom told. Children enjoy this story and find it surprising and inspiring.

A child can grow with the book THE WORLD IS ROUND . The book is written for my three sons, ages 1 year, 4 years and 7 years. The book starts with colors and shapes, then the first points of astronomy are presented. For older children, a moral is given; "Knowledge is a shield against fear". Finally, there is a history lesson; ``Truth may be forgotten for a time''.

The large text is the text to be shown on the pages. The smaller text describes what the pictures should show.

1: The grey Moon slowly orbits
2: Around the blue-green Earth

Page 1:Simple picture of the Moon, only a few stars in the background. Page 2:Earth on opposite page as Moon, so that both are visible at once. Earth should be a simple drawing, but show a fairly large Greek-style building and tiny children.

3: A long time ago, a boy and his friends sat watching the orange Sun set.
4: The others thought the world was flat

Page 3: Building and children are enlarged. Sun is visible, with small 7/8 full Moon. Page 4: Children surround flat chart of area. Small version of building sits on the flat map. Buildings and trees have simple angular geometric shapes similar to those on the chart.

5: But the boy saw that the Sun and Moon were round.
6: The boy taught children that the Earth, Moon and Sun are balls in space.

Page 5: Boy points to Moon and they move toward round rock. An older child builds a fire, as darkness falls. Moon is in waning half phase. Child is playing with an orange ball in the background. Page 6: The boy drapes chart over hemispherical rock. Holds apple in orientation relative to orange ball, so that apple has identical phase as the phase of the Moon. The ball and fire are on same side of rock. Copy of Greek building sits on chart on rock.

7: His friends could not believe the Earth moves around the Sun and the Moon follows the Earth.
8: They were very angry. The boy gave them his drawings of the sky and left.

Page 7: Boy showing the relationship of Sun (orange ball), Moon (grey rock) and Earth (greenish apple). The arrangement is that for when the Moon is in new phase. The orange ball should glow to illuminate the Moon and Earth in the same manner as the surroundings. Other children appear angry. Page 8: Angry children send main character away. Flat orange ball lays on the ground. They point the direction for the main character to depart. Moon is a thin crescent. Chart is left on the ground, where one child is looking at it.

9: His drawings were put away and forgotten.
10: The other children were afraid of the night and dreamed of monsters beyond the edge of the sea.

Page 9: The child who was looking at chart is shown placing chart in a chest. A more disordered version of the picture of the previous page. A winter scene with no leaves on the trees and with longer grass growing around the building where the chart is. New moon. Page 10: View of hill from a distance (on water), showing night view of fighting children. There are sea monsters in the water. Moon is a thin waxing crescent.

11: A long time passed. All lived in fear, without understanding.
12: But a time came when new children sat under the sky and tried to understand the movements of the Sun and Moon.

Page 11: Children still hiding and fighting. Building is destroyed, but chest holding chart is visible. Some children are hiding in the ruins. Morning is coming, Moon is 1/4 waxing. Page 12: Golden sunrise and view of Moon with children setting on small hill. Ruins in foreground, with chest visible.

13: They found the drawings the boy wrote long ago.
14: They understood and were not afraid of the night or the sea.

Page 13: Drawings from first boy found and examined by a new group. Sun is out. An older girl explains to other children holding chart. Page 14: Large view of waxing Moon. Some other small children sleeping near fire. Girl and another group of children walking down toward water, while looking at chart.

15: These children explored the Earths seas on Moon-lit nights.
16: View of the Earth. [No text]

Page 15: In boat, girl is at helm of boat in gentle wind and full sail. A child sleeping in front of boat. Moon is full. Page 16: View of Earth similar to first pages. On Earth the ruined building and ship sailing are visible. In the distance the Sun is shown behind the Earth. The visible part of the Earth is darker than the sun lit site. The Moon is in front of Earth. (This is the correct arrangement for a full moon.)

Summary: This is the true story of the Greeks who knew that the world was round, but forgot it for 1000 years. When the truth was re-discovered, people stopped fearing monsters at the edges of the world. They began to enjoy exploration and discovery.

Copyright Glen Langston 1999, all rights reserved

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Last updated on 99 March 8