A Black Hole Is Not a Hole

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What is a black hole? Where do they come from? How were they discovered? Can we visit one? Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano takes readers on a ride through the galaxies (ours, and others), answering these questions and many more about the phenomenon known as a black hole.

In lively and often humorous text, the book starts off with a thorough explanation of gravity and the role it plays in the formation of black ...

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Overview

Get ready to S-T-R-E-T-C-H your mind!

What is a black hole? Where do they come from? How were they discovered? Can we visit one? Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano takes readers on a ride through the galaxies (ours, and others), answering these questions and many more about the phenomenon known as a black hole.

In lively and often humorous text, the book starts off with a thorough explanation of gravity and the role it plays in the formation of black holes. Paintings by Michael Carroll, coupled with real telescopic images, help readers visualize the facts and ideas presented in the text, such as how light bends, and what a supernova looks like.

A BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE is an excellent introduction to an extremely complex scientific concept. Back matter includes a timeline which sums up important findings discussed throughout, while the glossary and index provide a quick point of reference for readers. Children and adults alike will learn a ton of spacey facts in this far-out book that’s sure to excite even the youngest of astrophiles.

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9781570917837
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 72,402
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano is the author of LEONARDO'S ABC, as well as the acclaimed nonfiction middle grade read, A BLACK HOLE IS NOT A HOLE. Aside from writing for children, Carolyn is also science educator and principal consultant with Blue Heron STEM Education. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Places with Pull 5

2 The Pulling Power of a Black Hole 13

3 Black-Hole Beginnings 19

4 The Blackness of Black Holes 27

5 Mission Impossible? Seeking the Invisible 33

6 Supersized Surprises 39

7 Close Encounters of the Imaginary Kind 49

8 Turning the Universe Upside-Down 55

Time Line 62

Glossary 66

Author's Note 70

Resources 72

Image Credits 73

Index 74

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Fun non-fiction for 4th - 8th grade

    Although very short, this exploration of astrophysics pulls you in right from the introduction. The conversational style of writing makes the details of the universe both clear and entertaining.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

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    Science writing at its finest

    DeCristofano writes about science in such a clear, lyrical way. She makes the concept of a black hole understandable to young readers in a way that is lovely to read. Gorgeous art. Fun and informative. Recommended for young readers. Perfect for the classroom.

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