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A Is for Astronaut: Exploring Space from A to Z Hardcover – August 31, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811854620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811854627
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 1-3–Illustrated with a mix of familiar space photos and retro Space Age-style art, this alphabet of random space words is unlikely to engage readers on any level. Each letter gets a page or spread with one to four terms, accompanied by superficial definitions; R, for instance, includes Radar (a system used to find faraway objects), with a photo of a generic dish antenna, and a simplified schematic drawing of an unattached Robotic Arm, vaguely described as a machine that helps astronauts perform dangerous tasks. Elsewhere, choices such as the flags of Norway and the Netherlands used to represent nations helping to build the International Space Station come across as filler, and viewers will have to look sharp to spot the X-15 Rocket Plane, which is nearly hidden beneath the wing of its gigantic B-52 transport. The planets are laid out according to the old, recently superseded scheme. Skip this title in favor of Janis Campbell and Cathy Collison's G Is for Galaxy: An Out of This World Alphabet (Sleeping Bear, 2005) or similar titles.–John Peters, New York Public Library
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This is a great book and wonderful introduction into space for any child.
greek felt mom
Bright illustrations and photos, laid out kind of like an alphabetical, abbreviated, fun encyclopedia!
Sarah M. Bosch
I plan on keeping the book for our little one to read later down the road.
Kristal

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Murphy on August 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I wanted to buy this book for my 4-year-old daughter, who is very interested in space and astronauts. I picked up a copy at a bookstore and really liked the book at first. The illustrations and detail are terrific. I noticed, though, that all of the people the book profiles are men. All of the astronauts and scientists are men. Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gegarin are profiled, but not Sally Ride, Valentina Tereshkova or Eileen Collins.

All of the photographs of people working on the space program or going into space are men. The only females in the book are women in a crowd of spectators and an illustration of a little girl looking through a telescope on the ground. The message being: girls sit and watch, men do the thinking and hard work.

I'm not a militant feminist. My daughter is not a "tom boy." She happily plays princess and enjoys her Hello Kitty coloring books just as much as she likes watching videos of the Mars lander. I just think that a modern book should reflect more modern ways of thinking.

This book won't be coming on to our bookshelves. We look forward to a later edition that pays more attention to men AND women who have dedicated their lives to space exploration.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on July 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As an adult, I generally don't like kids' picturebooks. They're big, expensive, hardbacks with almost no pages, almost no reading and a lot of pictures. Kids are wild about them for the same reason. I notice one of the "official" reviews slams this book for the thinly veiled worst reason: it's not educational enough. This book only has about one sentence for each letter of the alphabet, but forget that. It's visually dazzling.

It's not about learning the alphabet (Richard Scarry's books are better for that). It's also not about learning little definitions of complex tech things (DK robot and other books are better for that). What it is about is firing the imagination with wonderful sounding words married to amazing pictures. This book does what President Kennedy in the early '60s hoped to do when he tried to excite American youth to explore science and math, and bring America into the space program.

What does excite youth? Star Wars, Transformers, Lost in Space, Star Trek, E.T., The Jetsons. In short, imaginative portrayls that broaden the mind and feed kids' natural curiosity. What doesn't excite kids? Little models of the Challenger, which fall so short of The Jetsons, dull, "educational" science kits which leave off everything fun and appeal to no one except possibly "official" adult reviewers. A is for Astronaut manages to somehow keep the kick in Cape Kennedy (or Cape Canaveral) while opening young minds to the dazzling wonders of creation. I dare say any space- minded kid will find it amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristal on March 12, 2013
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I purchased this book for several pictures in it. I framed them for our child's outer space nursery. I plan on keeping the book for our little one to read later down the road.
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By greek felt mom on April 26, 2013
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This is a great book and wonderful introduction into space for any child. What we found nice is that we can just go through and do the alphabet and leave out the descriptions, if our little boy is being a bit inattentive.
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My son loves this book and I also bought a copy to display in his "space theme" room. I love the look of the front cover and the entire book is filled with wonderful facts and many beautifully vintage inspired pictures that I love to look at with him!
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