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Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact (National Geographic Kids) Hardcover – January 9, 2018
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JENNIFER SWANSON is an award-winning author of more than 20 nonfiction and fiction books for children. She has received awards from Booklist's Top 10 Books for Youth Nonfiction, the Pennsylvania TriState Young Adult Review Committee, the Moms Choice Awards, and the Dove Foundation. Top reviews include a starred review in Booklist and recommended reviews from School Librarians Workshop, Library Media Connection, and the National Science Teacher Association. Other Nat Geo Kids titles include Brain Games, Everything Robotics, and Dr. E's Super Stellar Solar System.
ANTONIO CAPARO is an illustrator, graphic designer, and comic artist whose fantastical work has been published on children's books and novels as well as in magazines. He has illustrated books for Hyperion Books, Harper Collins, Simon & Scheuster, Penguin Random House, and others.
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The contrasts of living under the water or in outer space in a habitat created for that area and the requirements to do so are very interesting and well presented. The need for special equipment and how it was discovered and created plus how it is also incorporated into other uses is explained.
An interesting and educational book for young readers that will excite and challenge them about the possibilities of man's exploration of these two vast areas. A superb addition to libraries at home, school, or public.
I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.
Author Jennifer Swanson has provided readers with an opportunity to know more about how outer space and deep oceans are alike but different. Readers will learn about how an astronaut and an aquanaut prepare to fly to the moon or dive deep under water. Readers will also learn about the spaces explorers live in while in space or underwater. Parents and teachers will love the experiments that can be found under the Activity section within this guide to help kids get a better understanding of what it takes to become and astronaut or aquanaut. One activity provides a better understanding of how difficult it might be to dock a spacecraft. Readers will also become informed as to why we explore and some of the many things we’ve learned over the course of time. The back pages have notes from different astronauts and aquanauts. There is a glossary and plenty more resources for even more learning. If you want to become an explorer in space or in the deep sea this fascinating guide will help you make up your mind.
Using photos, illustrations, and explorer's notebook images to accompany a mixture of both detailed and summarized entries, this book has wide appeal to all ages, even younger elementary kids. This is one of those books that will grow with a child, providing new discoveries and treasures each year. For example, the illustrations of the space station and sea habitat will appeal to young children - who focus on how these scientists sleep, eat, and use the restroom when in space (and in the ocean). While the text provides increasing levels of information, including personal comments from the numerous astronauts and aquanauts, for older readers.
This book also evaluates why we explore these two environments, the history of these explorations, and what we have learned and how many discoveries have changed our lives. It also looks at how studying each environment teaches something about the other. Overall this is an amazing book.
Jennifer me a copy for review and I can say that reading this to my 3.5 year old son, we’ve both learned a lot.
The format of the text is browsable nonfiction. It is broken up into chapters, but can be read in any order. The pages are filled with mostly text and has photographs to support the pages. It also has interactive pages to help readers understand some of the concepts in the book, including experiments you can try at home!
This book is great for all readers, but older readers will get a ton out of this! When reading with my son we looked mostly at the pictures and captions to learn about the chapters, since there is a lot of text on the page for his attention. This is a great addition to any classroom library or to buy for any budding explorer, scientist or swimmer.
Jennifer has done a great job of explaining the jobs of both astronaut and aquanauts, what life is like down deep and in outer space and the hard work it takes to do each job! The content is engaging and written in a friendly way. Toward the back of the book she encourages readers design their own space suit and the book also begins with forewords from Kathryn Sullivan, an astronaut & Fabian Cousteau, aquanaut.
I know any reader who grabs this book will learn something new. Thank you for sharing it with us.