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A Is for Astronaut: Exploring Space from A to Z
     

A Is for Astronaut: Exploring Space from A to Z

by Traci N. Todd (Text by), Sara Gillingham
 

Learning about space has never been so much fun! An out-of-this-world mix of vintage illustrations and contemporary photos makes this book about space as entertaining to look at as it is to read. With simple information about everything from the planets to animals in space, to the food astronauts eat, A Is for Astronaut is sure to excite young readers'

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Learning about space has never been so much fun! An out-of-this-world mix of vintage illustrations and contemporary photos makes this book about space as entertaining to look at as it is to read. With simple information about everything from the planets to animals in space, to the food astronauts eat, A Is for Astronaut is sure to excite young readers' natural curiosity and imagination.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
With a mix of photos and retro-style drawings and font, this well-designed book offers one to four "space" words per letter. Short and simple definitions make this a fun learning book. The words are an interesting combination of scientific terms (Ignition—starting of engines for launch), little known facts (Norway and the Netherlands are helping to build the International Space Station), and stuff kids love to know ("Vomit Comet"—NASA plane for weightless training). The mixture of serious and silly (golf balls left on the moon by Shepard) will help hold young readers' interest and most likely lead to a desire to know more. Most letters have their own page, with a few rating double-page spreads. The eye flows easily from image to image, letter to letter; all photos and drawings are credited at the end of the book. Unfortunately the recent "demotion" of Pluto makes the Planet page already out-of-date. The cover and endpapers will draw children in, as will the quiz on the back flap.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Illustrated with a mix of familiar space photos and retro Space Age-style art, this alphabet of random space words is unlikely to engage readers on any level. Each letter gets a page or spread with one to four terms, accompanied by superficial definitions; "R," for instance, includes Radar ("a system used to find faraway objects"), with a photo of a generic dish antenna, and a simplified schematic drawing of an unattached Robotic Arm, vaguely described as "a machine that helps astronauts perform dangerous tasks." Elsewhere, choices such as the flags of Norway and the Netherlands used to represent nations helping to build the International Space Station come across as filler, and viewers will have to look sharp to spot the X-15 Rocket Plane, which is nearly hidden beneath the wing of its gigantic B-52 transport. The planets are laid out according to the old, recently superseded scheme. Skip this title in favor of Janis Campbell and Cathy Collison's G Is for Galaxy: An Out of This World Alphabet (Sleeping Bear, 2005) or similar titles.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A mixed bag of stock outer space-themed images, familiar archival photographs and colorful retro-feeling illustrations are partnered with the alphabet to introduce young readers to a wide variety of space topics, ranging from freeze-dried ice cream to Yuri Gagarin, the first human space traveler. Each letter, presented in alphabetical order, is allotted at least its own full page, and some letters, like E, which represents Earth, get entire double-page spreads. Each letter introduces from one to three space topics, which each feature an image and corresponding short descriptive statement. Some statements are silly, like "golf balls left on the Moon by astronaut Alan Shepard," while others are serious, such as "Flares: bursts of energy that flash from the Sun." Although the short statements could be more substantive together with the accompanying images, this text presents just enough information to launch young readers into a quest for deeper knowledge. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811854627
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
08/31/2006
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
1 - 8 Years

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