An impressive photograph of a space shuttle blasting off launches the reader into this book about what astronauts do. With carefully crafted short sentences in large print, the newly independent reader will discover some of the activities performed by the astronauts. They will want to pore over the large, clear, bright, and inviting photographs of astronauts on the moon, at the space station, and floating in outer space. One of the statements, "They do tests," may be more confusing than enlightening for a first or second grader. According to the Note to Parents and Teachers, this series "supports national science standards related to earth science." Roger D. Launius, PhD, who is Chair, Division of Space History at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, is the series' consultant. Part of the "Exploring the Galaxy" series for beginning readers, this will be popular with primary grade students. In addition to a Glossary, there is also an Index, a brief bibliography, and Internet sites accessed through FactHound. This series might also be useful for ESOL students who are just learning to read English.
Thomas K. Adamson has written dozens of nonfiction books for kids on sports, space, math, and more. He lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with his wife and two sons. He likes reading and playing ball with his boys. He also likes to check scores and stats on his phone.