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Awesome Astronomy
     

Awesome Astronomy

by Raman Prinja
 

This exciting new series will satisfy the most enquiring young scientific minds! With a back-to-basics approach to the core topics, these books investigate science in a clear and concise way. Simple practical activities will help children understand space.

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This exciting new series will satisfy the most enquiring young scientific minds! With a back-to-basics approach to the core topics, these books investigate science in a clear and concise way. Simple practical activities will help children understand space.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Science Crackers" series, these colorful and informative books give an accurate and entertaining introduction to several science disciplines, as well as providing new and different hands-on experiments. While all of the books are busy with many pictures and boxes of text, this particular one feels overly so, maybe because the science discipline is the most abstract. I found it hard to focus on Prinja's words when the page showed the crab nebula superimposed over Stonehenge. Both pictures are good, but they are a bit much all together. Prinja introduces astronomy clearly: "It is the science of space beyond the Earth. Astronomy is the study of planets, moons, stars, galaxies and all the other objects in the universe." Prinja then addresses our solar system, our sun, Earth and our moon, movement in space, and many kinds of stars. Some of the experiments include making craters using flour, chocolate and marbles, creating pinhole constellations, and a paper model of a comet. I have to hand it to Prinja, I haven't seen any of these experiments in other books. Backmatter includes a glossary, index and short list of further information. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—These high-interest titles offer overviews of their scientific fields, including explanations of their impact on today's world. Chapter spreads in Bubbling Biology include "Green and Growing" and "Bite and Swallow." Crackling Chemistry offers sections on "Natural or Not?" and "Freezing and Melting." In Fizzing Physics, "Go and Stop" looks at gravity and friction, and "See the Light" discusses light sources and reflection. Awesome Astronomy includes sections on "Full Moon to No Moon" and "A Zoo of Stars." All of the books include hands-on learning activities. For example, some of the suggested activities in Physics include magnetic fishing using a wooden spoon, a string, and a magnet to fish for magnetic objects and creating panpipes from bottles filled with water. The layout is appealing, featuring a large format with colored boxes and bands that run across the page to highlight specific content. Other information appears in speech bubbles and clouds. Color photographs and images appear on every page, and cartoon images and characters add humor and appeal. The type is easy to read, the engaging writing is arranged in brief, easy-to-digest paragraphs, and the explanations are clear. These highly browsable books would appeal to students beginning to explore science.—Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609920401
Publisher:
QEB Publishing
Publication date:
08/31/2011
Series:
Science Crackers Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
IG910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Raman Prinja has written several successful general-interest books on astronomy and is keen to bring the subject of astronomy to a wider audience. He is currently Professor of Astrophysics at University College London. Raman is the author of Science Crazy, which won the Children's Choice School Library Association Information Book Aware 2013 for the category 7-12 year olds.

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