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Floating in Space (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books) Hardcover – January, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; 1st edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060254327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060254322
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,412,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2?These titles provide brief yet clear information on their respective topics. Day Light discusses the nature of light, darkness, and seeing, and the role heat plays in generating light. Floating in Space discusses how astronauts move and cope with weightlessness in space. Amusing illustrations, verbal and pictorial, demonstrate how gravity works. Children will find much of the information both entertaining and interesting, such as the way astronauts eat with magnetized trays that hold utensils in place. Full-color paintings illustrate the first title and softly colored cartoons enhance the latter. Both are worthy additions to collections that need science materials for early grades.?Katherine Borchert, Arlington Central Library, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

In this Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science entry, Branley (see review, above) takes readers on a space shuttle mission, from blast-off to touchdown, but focusing mainly on life in orbit. As he points out, ``zero gravity'' is a misnomer--but only barely; so negligible is gravitational pull that astronauts temporarily grow an inch or so as their joints relax, are able to stand on the walls and ceiling, have to learn new ways to eat, sleep, and use the toilet, and must be very careful about stowing small objects before re-entry. In Kelley's cheerful watercolors, smiling space travelers--including one woman--bounce around the shuttle's cabin and suit up for extra vehicular tasks while back on Earth, a young girl eagerly tracks the flight on television. While in the claim that heavy equipment--even the 12-ton Hubble telescope--can be lifted in space, Branley oversimplifies the effects of inertia and momentum, his choice of detail about conditions in space will surprise and delight readers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

Franklyn Branley was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planeterium. In 1960, he originated the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, dedicated to explaining science to young children and encouraging them to explore their world. Dr. Branley is the author of over 150 science books for children.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2002
Format: Library Binding
The book was about astronauts orbiting in out space. It gives details of what they do when they have to eat, go to the bathroom, etc. It also explains about gravity and how the astronauts deal with gravity issues while they are in space. The book talks about how the space shuttle takes off and lands and how jobs would be done while on board.
I liked this book because it teaches children about things that happen in outer space in ways that they can easily understand. It had great Pictures that illustrated the materials that astronauts would use while they were in space and it also showed certain techniques that they would use to do tasks while on the space shuttle.
I think with this book the author was really trying to illustrate the ways things happen while astronauts are in orbit. He was trying to write and illustrate all the things that happen so that kids can understand it. The author tries to create a book were the children really feel like they are going into space and what that would be like.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on January 1, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We are huge fans of the "Let's Read and Find Out Science" series, and were very excited to stumble upon this one. Franklyn Branley is one of our favorite LRFOS authors. This book does not disappoint. Astronomy was his life, and it shines through in this book. We also love the related LRFOS series books he wrote: Mission to Mars, What the Moon is Like, and The International Space Station. (great collection, and a great deal, especially if Amazon runs the 4-for-3 special)
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By Lorna84 on November 11, 2014
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Educational book, my 3 year old finds it entertaining.
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By teacher on August 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
Great trade book to read to children.
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