Get ready to take the field trip of the century-the twenty-first century, that is! Bridget, Babette, Barnaby, and Beauregard take you on a tour of the solar system, including stops at colonies on the Moon and Mars. Along the way you'll ...
Get ready to take the field trip of the century-the twenty-first century, that is! Bridget, Babette, Barnaby, and Beauregard take you on a tour of the solar system, including stops at colonies on the Moon and Mars. Along the way you'll learn about:
our galaxy and its stars and planets
twentieth-century space exploration
matter and its evolution
constellations and how to find them
Bentley and Queen take readers along on the continuing adventures of the gentleman cat Beauregard and his friends Bridget, Barnaby, and Babette. In Geography Smart they are involved in a worldwide treasure hunt involving clues in longitude and latitude. In Astronomy Smart the three humans win a contest to go to Mars and Beauregard stows away. On their way to the red planet they discover interesting facts about the universe and solve a mystery, too. Both books are aimed at very motivated students. The information is presented as basically as possible, but there is a lot of it, especially in Astronomy Smart. While many students might pick up the volumes for the story or funny pictures, they probably will skip over the technical information, unless they have a deep interest in the subject. But even reading the story will teach them a thing or two, perhaps without them really realizing it. Teachers will find the suggested exercises and experiments at the end of the chapters useful and fun, but few if any students will take the time to answer the questions or do the tests. While the answers to the chapter tests are at the back of each book, Geography Smart also lists answers for the different exercises. These exercises are an easy introduction to some difficult concepts, and they would be best used by teachers who are willing to include these books as a supplement to their regular lessons. The additional readings and the Web sites listed in Astronomy Smart will be of great interest to anyone interested in astronomy. Glossary. Illus. Photos. Charts. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: Astronomy Smart Junior and Geography Smart Junior. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P M J (Readable without serious defects, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
Michael Bentley grew up in Roanoke, Virginia where he developed an early interest in astronomy. He became a science teacher, and astronomy has remained one of his favorite subjects. He now works as a professor at Virginia Tech.