The International Space Station

The International Space Station

by Franklyn Mansfield Branley, True Kelley
     
 

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The International Space Station races through space at 17,500 miles per hour. How do people live there? What may they discover? Find out the story of the twenty-first century's great scientific adventure.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 2001—selected by Natn'l Science Tchrs Assoc. & Child. Bk Cncl. and Booklist "Top 10 Science Books for Children"

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The International Space Station races through space at 17,500 miles per hour. How do people live there? What may they discover? Find out the story of the twenty-first century's great scientific adventure.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 2001—selected by Natn'l Science Tchrs Assoc. & Child. Bk Cncl. and Booklist "Top 10 Science Books for Children" 2000

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Branley writes with authority about the present and the future of the International Space Station. The book begins with an introduction by Scott Carpenter, Mercury astronaut. The facts, including a history and background of the station and descriptions of life in space, are presented in a clear, easy-to-read manner. Even though there is no index, information is easily gleaned from the sparsely worded text, and readers will come away with an understanding of the project's promise and possibilities. Kelley's clearly labeled drawings and configurations reinforce the concepts presented, and the watercolor illustrations add dimension to the presentation. Another winning entry to science collections and a great addition for younger readers.-Kay Bowes, Concord Pike Library, Wilmington, DE Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This spectacular introduction to the International Space Station, by a talented and prolific science writer, is a welcome addition to the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out-Science series. Fully meeting the publisher's intent to provide books that "explore challenging concepts for children in primary grades," the text is filled with careful explanations and precise detail that will delight younger science students and surprise many adults. The author explains why space suits are necessary in outer space, how astronauts eat, exercise, shower, and use a screwdriver in zero gravity. A seven-country endeavor, the Space Station, which is a stepping-stone to planetary exploration, will be built in sections well into the 21st century. Eventually "the station will be more than 350 feet long-as long as a 30-story building is tall. It will weigh a million pounds." Elsewhere the author describes the special escape boat in case of disaster, solar panels to produce electricity, and what astronauts will do inside. Full-color paintings capture the detail and drama of the station inside and out, while various elements are carefully labeled. Most dramatic are those in which white type is set against the inky black background of space. The author promises: "Someday you may be a crew member aboard the International Space Station." For young readers as well as those too old to travel, this is the stuff of dreams. A brief experiment and a NASA Web site for more information conclude a fascinating and accessible book for young readers. Bravo! (introduction) (Nonfiction. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756901752
Publisher:
Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Series:
Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series: Level 2
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
692,520
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Franklyn M. Branley was the originator of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and the author of close to 150 popular books about scientific topics for young readers of all ages. He was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum of Natural History-Hayden Planetarium.

True Kelley has illustrated many favorite books for children in her fun-filled watercolor style, including several in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. She and the author previously collaborated on What Makes a Magnet? and What the Moon is Like?

True Kelley lives in Warner, New Hampshire.

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