The Best Book of Spaceships

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Join the crew and find out how rockets, probes, telescopes, and space shuttles work! Discover the incredibly diverse challenges that can be met by modern satellites! The Best Book of Spaceships by Ian Graham introduces young readers to the amazing variety of spaceships past, present, and ready to blast off into the future. Full color illustrations, clear captions, combined with a simple, descriptive text will help kids to discover the answers to tricky questions such as - What's in space? - What does it feel like...

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Overview

Join the crew and find out how rockets, probes, telescopes, and space shuttles work! Discover the incredibly diverse challenges that can be met by modern satellites! The Best Book of Spaceships by Ian Graham introduces young readers to the amazing variety of spaceships past, present, and ready to blast off into the future. Full color illustrations, clear captions, combined with a simple, descriptive text will help kids to discover the answers to tricky questions such as - What's in space? - What does it feel like to put on a space suit? - and provide a fascinating overview of life and work in the space environment, from the first steps on the moon, to life on a space station. This information-packed book makes an exciting gift and is an ideal reference for the young reader who wants to know more about spaceships and the work of humans beyond the Earth's atmosphere.

Illustrations and text describe how humans have tried to learn more about space and some of the equipment and vehicles used to do this.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Vivid illustrations and descriptive text bring the experience to life."

—Children's Literature

"The text is readily understandable and will entertain browsers..."

—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Susan Fournier
Space travel continues to be a fascinating, yet mysterious subject for many children. It is often difficult to find a resource that is current and detailed enough for the curious, yet simple enough for the youngest of readers. Graham's book seems to rise to the task of introducing readers to many aspects of space travel and exploration. The reader will learn about rockets, shuttles, and satellites, revisit the Apollo moon mission, and much more. Vivid illustrations and descriptive text bring the experience to life.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The full-color drawings of assorted rockets, satellites, and the like are the strength of this beginning look at space exploration. Except for very brief mention of the Soviet Vostok and the French Ariane, all of the spaceships covered are NASA products. The just-begun space station Freedom illustrates space stations; MIR is not mentioned. One double-page spread is devoted to space suits, since "A spacecraft has to provide astronauts with air to breathe, and it has to keep them warm." A suited astronaut is pictured strapped into a MMU (manned maneuvering unit) but other than a few labels (gas thruster, hand controller, adjustable arm), no attempt is made to explain its workings. One might also quibble with the inclusion of the Hubble telescope and the various space probes in a book on spaceships. The abbreviated text is readily understandable and will entertain browsers; report writers or those with serious interest in spaceflight and its machinery will need to consult other sources.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753451335
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 9/30/1998
  • Series: Best Book of Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 614,407
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.35 (w) x 10.79 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Graham
Ian Graham is an experienced author of illustrated nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including aviation and spaceflight. In 25 years, he has written more than 200 books and numerous magazine articles.
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