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Super Stars: The Biggest, Hottest, Brightest, and Most Explosive Stars in the Milky Way (National Geographic Kids) Hardcover – February 23, 2010

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Grade 5–7—Pairing dramatic space art with souped-up prose, Aguilar introduces more than a dozen types of stars and stellar phenomena, from Algol, the "winking demon star," and supernovae ("Boom! There goes the neighborhood") to black holes, brown dwarfs, and planetary nebulae, the "butterflies of the universe." Aside from the occasional alien or interstellar spacecraft set against glowing star fields, the information in both pictures and text sticks to the facts, accurately reflecting current knowledge without ever coming close to turning into a dry recitation of data. Four sky charts and a spread of assorted informative back matter give this unusually exuberant ticket to ride for young sky watchers and armchair space travelers a strong finish.—John Peters, New York Public Library
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After taking readers on an updated tour of the cosmic neighborhood in 11 Planets: A New View of the Solar System (2008), Aguilar now offers an investigation of the endlessly fascinating array of stars and other massive space objects. The heavy hitters—supernovas, red giants, and black holes—are all here, but so too are the less celebrated but no less celestially critical globular clusters, pulsars, and planetary nebulae, among others. With an inviting blend of casual observation and technical insight, Aguilar offers information on each in dedicated spreads complemented by sparkly photos and his own original space art (some of which provide breathtaking vistas of stargazing on imaginary planets). Perhaps most useful to young astro-enthusiasts, he also provides nearby examples of each type, where they sit in constellations, and the best way to view them, ranging from the naked eye to the observatory. Four pages of star charts and an activity designed to convey relative sizing are appended. This could well become the bright centerpiece of middle-grade astronomy collections. Grades 4-8. --Ian Chipman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 1160L (What's this?)
  • Series: National Geographic Kids
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426306016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426306013
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By rb3 on February 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I'm forty-something but a bit learning disabled and so decided to use children's books to get me started on learning scientific fundamentals. I've borrowed this book several times from the library and enjoy it so much, I finally decided to buy it for my library. The illustrations are exciting and the content is fascinating and easy to understand. It doesn't talk about nuclear fusion or the electromagnetic spectrum or anything like that. It simply lists various stars which represent types (binary star systems, globular clusters, open clusters, red giants, hypergiants, neutron stars, pulsars, our sun, brown dwarfs, etc.), and generally favors objects which can be seen with binoculars or a small telescope . There is also a very basic chart of the life/death of stars, a very basic chart of classification (O stars, G stars, M stars, etc.), and the back page lists some websites to visit for further research. I wish I had this when I was a kid!!
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I can't believe there aren't any other reviews for this. To me it is even better than the more popular 13 Planets book. The illustrations and layout are absolutely fantastic. Like any book on astronomy it is sure to be out of date quickly, but that hardly matters, as the main job of these books is to convey the wonder and diversity of the universe. At the end there is a great list of resources for further exploration, as well as constellation charts.
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