Explorers: Robots

Explorers: Robots

by Peter Bull, Chris Oxlade
     
 

This innovative series uses storytelling as the gateway to learning and exploration. Six action-packed story-scenes are followed by photographic information spreads-which provide scientific detail and background. Each title can be read front to back, or the reader can follow special 'page links' for a thematic exploration. This series is perfect for emerging

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This innovative series uses storytelling as the gateway to learning and exploration. Six action-packed story-scenes are followed by photographic information spreads-which provide scientific detail and background. Each title can be read front to back, or the reader can follow special 'page links' for a thematic exploration. This series is perfect for emerging readers who are beginning to exercise wider reading, research and cross-referencing skills.

Explorers: Robots - by Chris Oxlade, illustrated by Peter Bull - is an interactive adventure unveiling the fascinating world of robotics and all it has to offer the 21st century. "How do robots work?" "What jobs can Robots do?" "Can robots work in space?" And: "Are humans and robots related?"-are only a few of the questions young readers can explore in this high-interest and fast paced book chock-full of timely scientific and technological information.

Editorial Reviews

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NTSA Recommends

It is a fun book, great for both the techno-kid who wants a robot as a companion or for the curious one who wonders what a robot is. . . . Four colored buttons found on the pages direct the reader to look for innovations for the future in science, history, or technology. These present new ideas to the reader.

There are different ways to use this book. It is beautifully illustrated and a pleasure to simply read for enjoyment, or to use for research at the elementary school level.

Kirkus Reviews
This haphazard jumble of military, domestic, space, toy and industrial robots is unlikely to draw young technophiles for more than a quick once-over. The design is dizzying: Crammed over and around pictures of robots in visually overstuffed mixes and even composites of photographic and photorealistic digital elements, scattered blocks of text in different point sizes extol the range of robotic capabilities. Robots that are actually functional now are not differentiated from those still in the experimental or concept stages, and the commentary is often misleading--"To communicate feelings, androids have mechanisms in their heads"--or too vague to be meaningful: "Robot animals move in the same way as real animals"; "The ultimate medical robots operate on human patients." These and many other statements cry out for explanation and clarification. Some readers may find the pervasive focus on robots with cute features, from Sega's "Dream Cat Venus" to a Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot (BEAR) that sports little ursine ears, off-putting, if not downright creepy. Furthermore, there are no source notes or leads to further information. Substandard nonfiction series fare, aimed at a slightly older audience than the publisher's Kingfisher Young Knowledge entry on the topic (2003) but a clean miss. (Nonfiction. 8-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753468166
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
07/16/2013
Series:
Explorers Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
884,001
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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