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Basher Science: Astronomy: Out of this World!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2009
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My son LOVES these books. The 8x8 size is also inviting. Cute characters introduce difficult ideas. My son wants the whole series. I have to admit the layout makes me curious, to see who is included in what. And it explains those new planets, and the sad demotion of our dear Pluto, and the various things that we didn't know about (kupiter belt, anyone?)

This is a nice companion to any series, and it's also a quick reference. One of those "coffee table books" for kids, that they only pick up because of the nifty cover, but then spend more time in it because it's got some humor and interesting facts. One of those good examples of science well presented doesn't need a lot of whistles and bells, it's just cool in and of itself.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2009
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Pros:
interesting information
good book for light reading
illustrations are fun

Cons:
we wished it was longer
more indepth information on the subject

I had the help of my 10 yo son in writing this review. He really enjoys the series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2009
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This shouldn't be mistaken for a textbook, but it is a fantastic introduction to astronomy. Wonderful illustrations and short, sweet entries on some of the most fascinating features of the universe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2010
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This book is very intriguing. I love how it explains the different types of stars and why their color is different. Also, like the other books by Basher, they all hook together in a way. Plus, it taught me things I didn't know about the planets. All in all it taught me things I had never known.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2011
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This book is great! My junior high students love it! Be careful because it does contain mild adult humor when discussing the planet Uranus. It says that "Uranus is the [...] of many jokes". It seens that Basher includes these sneaky things in many of these books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2009
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I love this whole series of books -- my kids love to look at them too. Its a really fun way to learn about science.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2011
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This is a good high level introduction to astronomy for kids that is fun and engaging - and seems to have the latest info. It's good info for kids and adults! My 3 1/2 year old, who loves stuff about space, loves the illustrations and gets excited when he see references to some of the items he knew about before like the mars rovers and the ISS as well as the planets. I bought several of the Basher series of books based on other reviews and have not been disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2013
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This entire series is wonderful. My son is cannot put this one down, unless it is to pick up another of the Basher Science books. He asks for a new title at least once a month and although we are on a tight budget, I cannot deny him these.
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on August 5, 2009
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My 8 year old son LOVES this series. Astronomy, Out of This World is the fourth in the series - with another is due to be published in a few months. We have the full set and will purchase the new one when it is published.

Our experience started with the first of the books, The Periodic Table, Why Matter Matters. My son devoured it, as well as the Biology and Physics books. We waited for three months for this to come out and I preordered it for him so he had it the day that it was published. He read it completely in two days. He still takes it in the car when we have a long drive and talks about brown dwarfs and dark matter like it's the kind of stuff that everyone knows and makes small talk about. His best friend looked at a few of the pictures and then said, "Cool pictures, let's go outside and play." My son was hurt that his friend wasn't as thrilled with the book as he was, but was glad some of his friends at school liked the books - we gave his teacher a copy of the set as a birthday gift.

Not all kids are going to be wow'ed by the books like mine is... but every parent I've recommended the books to has loved them, and so have their children. This book is written at about a 4th grade reading level (some of the terms needed to be explained the first time he read them) but most 2nd graders should be able to get through it fine with occational help, younger will understand if read to them. Our 8th grade neighbor liked the books too.

I can't help but wonder what my life might have been like if science had been presented to me in a way that was fun, understandable, and entertaining. I'm sure school would have been a whole lot more interesting.
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on May 14, 2013
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This book is created by Basher and written by Dan Green. It comes in a series, and last, but not least this book comes with a poster!

First this book tells about the main character, the Sun. Then it tells about the Solar System. Chapter one is about the planets closest to the Sun, the Moon, The Asteroid Belt, space junk, Mars Rovers, and the International Space Station. The next chapter is about the next planets that are closest to the Sun, more about spaceships and telescopes and so on...Chapter three includes the Kuiper Belt. Chapter Eight is about the universals, Dark Magic, The Big Bang and The Universe.

They are three reasons why I like this book. I like this book because the author shows you what the planets really look like then gives them all a face, and for most of them he gives them a body. I also like this book because it uses color well. Finally I like because the author makes it seem like the characters mentioned above are really talking. WT

I recommend this book to people who want to learn about astronomy. Buy this book and start reading!
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