The Kingfisher Young People's Book of Space

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Embark on an exciting and educational tour of the cosmos in this information-packed guide -- from the first few seconds after the Big Bang to the remote-controlled Pathfinder expedition to Mars and beyond. The journey begins with an introduction to space exploration and humanity's relationship with the stars, from the astronomers of the ancient world, to the day-to-day work of orbiting satellites. Next is a tour of our own solar system, the Milky Way, and Galaxy: atmospheric planetscapes reveal the frozen methane...

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Overview

Embark on an exciting and educational tour of the cosmos in this information-packed guide -- from the first few seconds after the Big Bang to the remote-controlled Pathfinder expedition to Mars and beyond. The journey begins with an introduction to space exploration and humanity's relationship with the stars, from the astronomers of the ancient world, to the day-to-day work of orbiting satellites. Next is a tour of our own solar system, the Milky Way, and Galaxy: atmospheric planetscapes reveal the frozen methane seas of Pluto, while the carefully timed trajectory of the Voyager Probe provide stunning pictures from Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Full color photographs and computer-generated illustrations are carefully balanced with a succinct, informative text to provide curious young astronomers with a far-ranging understanding of the Universe. This cutting-edge guide is a visual and educational treat for children ready to seek the outer limits of their imaginations. Also includes a highly accessible factfile and glossary.

Examines our exploration of outer space and discusses the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe in general.

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Children's Literature

This volume is easy to read and invites many hours of investigation, which will both educate and provide entertainment.

School Library Journal

This wide-angle view of what we have learned so far in our observations of the universe makes a meaty update or replacement for older books, including James Muirden's Stars and Planets (Kingfisher, 1993) and the "Secrets of Space" series (21st Century).

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
This large format, lushly illustrated book starts its investigation of space with a discussion of the evolution of our perception of our place in the cosmos. A description of the tools and equipment to investigate space follows. The traditional look at the solar system, planet by planet, includes numerous photographs of those planets visited by a space probe. The illustrations do a good job in portraying the vastness of space. Beyond the detailed description of the planets in our solar system, there also is an in depth look at our sun and stars in general. It is amazing to read of 100 billion galaxies, each of which is made up of 100 billion stars, or of quasars that are three billion light years away, and moving away from the earth at almost 31,000 miles per second. This volume is easy to read and invites many hours of investigation, which will both educate and provide entertainment. Factfile and a glossary are also included.
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Gr 4-6--Though busy page design makes a visual tangle of some spreads, and several illustrations are more decorative than edifying, this distillation outdoes such competitors as Lisa Miles's The Usborne Complete Book of Astronomy and Space (EDC, 1998) for currency and cosmic scope. Redfern begins with Anaxagoras's third century B.C.E. supposition that the Earth circles the Sun rather than vice-versa, and then goes on to detail the subsequent history of astronomical research, including the major successes and failures of both Soviet and U.S. space programs. The author describes the components of the solar system and the stellar life cycle, moves on to discuss galaxies, speculates about extraterrestrial life, and finishes by pointing out that there are still many unanswered questions about the way our universe works. On each topical spread, relatively substantial blocks of text are arranged next to, or sometimes on, full-color paintings or photos that range in size from thumbnails to entire backgrounds. On spreads with more than one narrative thread, readers may have trouble staying on track, and some of the art, such as a series of captioned but unlabeled cross sections of various celestial bodies' atmospheres, add more color than information to the presentation. Still, this wide-angle view of what we have learned so far in our observations of the universe makes a meaty update or replacement for older books, including James Muirden's Stars and Planets (Kingfisher, 1993) and the "Secrets of Space" series (21st Century).--John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753451366
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Kingfisher Book of Series
  • Pages: 95
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2001

    Wow! What a Good Book!!

    This book is one of the best non-fictions books I have ever read. It is packed with amazing and interesting facts about space. It tells about rockets, the solar system,stars and so much more. If you want to learn about space, this book makes it fun and easy with GREAT pictures, graphics, and sentences. You have to get this book!!

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