A Black Hole Is Not a Hole

A Black Hole Is Not a Hole

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by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano, Maxwell Glick, Tara Sands, Everette Plen
     
 

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If a black hole is not a hole, then what is it? Find out what black holes are, what causes them, and how scientists first discovered them. Learn how astronomers find black holes, get to know our nearest black-hole neighbor, and take a journey that will literally s-t-r-e-t-c-h the mind.  See more details below

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If a black hole is not a hole, then what is it? Find out what black holes are, what causes them, and how scientists first discovered them. Learn how astronomers find black holes, get to know our nearest black-hole neighbor, and take a journey that will literally s-t-r-e-t-c-h the mind.

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
What follows is a clear explanation of what a black hole is. With a question and answer format, we learn that while it is not a hole that you can dig in, it is "a place in space with a powerful pull." DeCristofano explains that black holes are stars that have imploded. However, she explains further, not every star will become a black hole. She explains white dwarfs and neutron stars. She takes us on a tour of a black hole, pointing out the event horizon, the point of no return in the gravitational whirlpool. It is good to view this from the safety of our own home. She also takes a quick dip into Einstein's theories on space physics, accurately describing the background of space—the many places where there is no large object—as a kind of stretchy, knit blanket. While this won't get you into a graduate level physics class, it is a great starting point for younger readers. Beautiful illustrations of the universe keep the text from getting too heavy. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
Kirkus Reviews
Oh, my stars! As the cover proclaims, a black hole may not be an actual hole, but readers will be glad they fell into this book. The volume guides readers on a (literally) out-of-this-world tour, dealing with topics and concepts that, in the hands of a less-gifted writer, might have remained obscure and unclear. DeCristofano handles the material with wit, style and singularly admirable clarity, frequently employing easy-to-understand and, yes, down-to-earth ideas and scenarios to help make complex principles comprehensible to readers of all ages. Carroll's illustrations, diagrams and charts, along with superb telescopic photographs (many courtesy of NASA) are splendid and filled with the drama and excitement of the limitless vastness of space. The handsome design and visuals greatly enhance the text and add much to readers' grasp of the subject. Stargazers will be entranced, and even those not especially attuned to matters celestial will come away feeling smarter, awestruck and with a sense of finally understanding this fascinating, other-worldly phenomenon. An excellent resource. Hole-y astronomy! (timeline, glossary, author's note, bibliography, image credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804121798
Publisher:
Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
755,039
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano has been named a Creative Teaching Partner (specialty: Curriculum and Planning) by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Carolyn is an artist who can work effectively with educators, schools, districts, etc., to help integrate the arts (in this case, writing) into the broader school curriculum. As a child, Carolyn enjoyed reading and writing. She even imagined herself as a writer. As she grew older, however, her interests changed. She decided to teach science, instead. "For the past fifteen or so years, I have been fortunate to work with teachers, museum educators, and educational researchers on fascinating projects. But I have never really stopped writing. I write poetry but don t share it often. I try to write stories, too. And I thoroughly enjoy shaping engaging science books that I hope will capture the reader's imagination on lots of different levels," she said. Carolyn is the author of Leonardo's ABC's (Museum of Science, Boston). She has developed science programs with NASA and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. When she's not writing, she enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and playing games. Carolyn lives in Plympton, Massachusetts, with her husband and two cats, Napi and Emilio.

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