From School Library Journal
Grade 5-7-One hundred astronomy experiments, broken down into six groups: "Spaceship Earth," the moon, the solar system, the sun, the stars, and the cosmos. While some of them are quite simple (e.g., tying a string around an eraser, swinging it in circles, and then shortening the string to observe the change in speed), many require careful measuring, cutting, and drawing. (Parents may find themselves doing a lot more than lighting candles and covering sharp edges.) Information on the various phenomena demonstrated is quite brief; the book is clearly not intended for reports. Browsers will be drawn to the large, colorful format and photographs, but the volume is best suited as a classroom source for activities to accompany science units.Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 4-6. Originally published in England by Dorling Kindersley, this large-format book of astronomy activities has that publisher's signature look of bright, clear photographs against a broad, white background. Illustrations include photos of supplies needed for each activity, pictures of stars, planets, moons, spacecraft, astronomers, and early astronomical artifacts, as well as paintings of objects and events in space. Each double-page spread features one subject, with a brief introductory text, at least one activity, and sometimes a boxed sidelight. The activities range in difficulty from taking a core sample of an ice-cream bar with a drinking straw to building a model of the Galileo space probe. Although the activities vary in quality and some appear in other books, the format will make this an attractive choice. Carolyn Phelan