From telescopes to rockets to robots, see all the ways people have explored space. Where will space exploration take us next?
Children's Literature - Justina EngebretsonReferred to as the final frontier, outer space has awed and amazed humankind long before Galileo's first glance of it through a telescope or Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon. Over the centuries since the creation of the telescope, space exploration has drastically evolved to today's high-tech space rovers and satellites. With this early reader, a part of the "Earth and Space Science" series, primary students will learn brief facts about key dates, people, and events that have been a part of the progress of space exploration. Each page focuses on one main concept, with titles such as "Telescopes" and "People in Space." Each topic is supported by two to four sentences, making this nonfiction book ideal for early independent reading and comprehension development. Vocabulary words pertaining to space, such as constellation, probe, and rove are in the text and defined in the glossary, which serves to increase a young reader's vocabulary. Readers are invited to take part in an activity at the end of the book, creating a balloon rocket out of inexpensive materials. The accompanying pictures, such as those of a constellation, planets, and land rover, compliment the text and increase young readers' visual engagement. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson
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