The Best Book of Spaceships

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3…2…1…Blastoff! Prepare for liftoff in rockets, space shuttles, and spaceships. Discover how people survive and work in space, find out how spacecraft function, and marvel at the views they give us of distant worlds. Step-by-step artwork shows astronauts in action; detailed illustrations feature different spacecraft — from tiny robots to giant space stations; and exciting full-page scenes take you deep into outer space. From liftoff to orbit to reentry, this book is perfect for anyone who wants to unlock the ...
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Overview

3…2…1…Blastoff! Prepare for liftoff in rockets, space shuttles, and spaceships. Discover how people survive and work in space, find out how spacecraft function, and marvel at the views they give us of distant worlds. Step-by-step artwork shows astronauts in action; detailed illustrations feature different spacecraft — from tiny robots to giant space stations; and exciting full-page scenes take you deep into outer space. From liftoff to orbit to reentry, this book is perfect for anyone who wants to unlock the secrets of space travel.

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: 405,111
  • 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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