内容简介

你知道吗?

你的每一次进食,都等于在吃太阳。

我们和狗有84%的DNA是一样的。

鸟儿也会喝醉酒。

亿万年前一头恐龙体内的碳原子,现在已经来到你的身体之中。

地球上树木的总量,比银河系的恒星还要多。

为了做出一杯咖啡,从头到尾要消耗170升的水。

作者简介

米莎是一位加拿大裔美国艺术家,生活在德克萨斯州。她相信艺术能够创造生命、复活灵魂,好的艺术作品就是新鲜的空气。奇迹和美丽就在我们身边。

媒体评论

米莎·布莱斯笔下的颜色几乎都是成年人,但是年龄大些的孩子一定会喜欢这本可爱的图画书。它给了我们一个甜蜜的提醒:所有人类看似不同,却又极其相似,宇宙万物也都互相关联。这正是我们认识世界的出发点呀。

——《出版人周刊》

这本书是美与真理的融合,我想每个人都会爱不释手。

——美国纽约时报畅销书作家艾拉·弗朗西丝·桑德斯

这是一本非常奇特的书,它用极富美感的图画将生物、天文、化学、物理等融合在一起,同时充满了人性的温暖。

——读者Juliet Martínez

Entertaining, colorful, and deceptively full of facts, This Phenomenal Life tells the story of the wondrous ways that humans are always completely at one with our surrounding world. From the vast galaxies above to the miniature microbes within, humans are organically connected to the complex cycles and mysterious processes of our universe. Every single atom of our body is made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies, and we share the same biochemical basis of life with all living beings on earth, from a single-celled amoeba to a giant blue whale. Whimsically hip illustrations elucidate wild science-based facts, from the unexpected intimacy we have with fungi on a daily basis, to the similar ways that humans and birds learn to communicate. Powerful evidence of our interconnection with nature combined with beautiful artwork will inspire the reader to look at the world in a whole new way.

Review

In these exuberant, surprising, joyous, gorgeous pages, artist and writer Misha Maynerick Blaise celebrates THIS PHENOMENAL LIFE with facts that will amaze and artwork that will delight. What a great way to reawaken our connections with the universe! (Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of the Octopus, finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction)

“This book lies in the ever-disappearing intersection between beauty and truth. Every single person I know would love it to pieces.” —Ella Frances Sanders, author of the New York Times bestseller Lost in Translation

I have a new favorite book in the universe and it’s called This Phenomenal Life. It explodes with the wonders of creation and the beauty of being alive. (Rainn Wilson, actor, author)

'Blaise’s characters are almost all adults, but older children as well as grown-ups may enjoy this lovely graphic book, which offers a sweet-spirited reminder that all human beings are more alike than different, and that the entire cosmos is interconnected in ways we’re only beginning to comprehend.' **Starred review** (Publishers Weekly)

Blaise (My Wondrous Cloud Odyssey) provides illustrations for a trove of scientific facts to demonstrate how closely humans are intertwined with the natural world. Playing with both meanings of the word 'phenomenal,' Blaise depicts dark skies dotted with stars, swirling currents, riotous flowers, and creatures from microorganisms to elephants—a vibrant visual world shared with ethnically and culturally diverse humans. Gentle whimsy prevails: a bewigged avian playing a harp illustrates an aspect of birdsong that’s similar to human music, while two people shyly sitting far apart are yet connected by their 'microbial clouds.' Addressing such wide-ranging topics as the Big Bang, plant neurotransmitters, insect husbandry, hidden water footprints, and 'mitochondrial Eve,' Blaise encourages a sense of wonder at the phenomenal world. 'Even in an office with no windows,' she writes, 'every breath we take contains trillions of air molecules that cycle through the world and connect us with life on Earth.' Blaise’s characters are almost all adults, but older children as well as grown-ups may enjoy this lovely graphic book, which offers a sweet-spirited reminder that all human beings are more alike than different, and that the entire cosmos is interconnected in ways we’re only beginning to comprehend. **starred review** (Publishers Weekly)

Children and adults alike will appreciate Blaise's vibrant illustrations paired with a bevy of scientific facts. Whether they be atoms or our enormous universe, these eye-catching depictions detail how closely connected we are with the natural world. (Green Living Magazine)

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