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My Place in Space Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2008

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From Publishers Weekly

Henry gives the bus driver a detailed explanation of where he lives in this humorous introduction to astronomy. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-- A bus driver injudiciously asks Henry Wilson and his sister Rosie if they know where they live, and Henry obliges in giving his address--extended to the nth degree. As darkness falls and the streets of the small Australian town buzz with all sorts of strange activity, Henry continues his explanation, giving the bus driver an astronomy lesson that omits only the mind of God from the "complete" address. The darkening sky contains precise, almost photographic renderings of the astral phenomena being named, while the goings-on in the village, including a bank robbery, a small green alien wandering about, and signs that keep mutating slightly, are portrayed in scraggly cartoons reminiscent of James Stevenson's work. The mixture works perfectly, and while the bus involved isn't Joanna Cole's "Magic School Bus" (Scholastic), it is certainly an entertaining package that will introduce youngsters to astronomy, add humor to primary-grade science lessons, or just keep the kids occupied as they try to see all that's going on in the detailed drawings a la Waldo .
-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children's Books (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741754046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741754049
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.2 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,117,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrea J. Keirstead on March 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I absolutely love this book. I am a teacher of both English as a Second Language and the gifted, and I have used it with both populations. The space pictures are beautiful, the other pictures are hilarious, and the information is both simply given and interesting. I would take exception to the rating of baby-preschool, both because I know high school students who enjoy it and because there is violence (albeit comical) in some of the pictures. For example, if you look at the playing field, you will see what appears to be a person getting decapitated with a tennis racket.
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This book is an excellent tool to use in teaching geography to children. It gives them a visual picture of where we are in the universe as well as helps them to see the size differences between countries, continents, etc. I use it every year with my third graders, and they love it!
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As an astronomer and educator, I love to let people know how amazing the universe is. My Place in Space is a fun way to introduce children to the wonders of astronomy and awaken their curiosity. It's especially nice because of the two confident children, Henry and Rosie, who show us that children too can be wise. With vibrant illustrations and accurate text even adults will enjoy it and be left wanting to know more. I have given a copy to everyone I know who has children!
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It's a lovely book, but -- based solely on the reaction of my just-turned-four book lover who wants to be an astronaut/basketball player -- I'd say it will go over better with the older kids. There's a lot of interesting, subtle, and funny stuff going on in the illustrations -- but it's like observing an ant farm in terms of the scale. The town-continent-solar system-galaxy progression is really nifty, but a lot of the time, distance, and really big numbers are just too abstract. Having the setting in Australia is a really nice feature, since Earth's continents seems to be a topic of interest and comprehensible. I'm glad I have the book, but it will probably be resting on the shelf for a while for my guy.
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As a parent of three kids now 12-20, I can remember reading this book to them for years, and them going back to it. I've recommended it to my astronomer friends. It's just a plain wonderful book, one of the most memorable of the very many I read to my kids over the years.
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