A Black Hole Is Not a Hole Hardcover – February 1, 2012
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—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Writing with rare verve ("A black hole is nothing to look at. Literally."), DeCristofano condenses recent astronomical discoveries into a high energy account of what we know or guess about one of the universe's deepest and most unobservable secrets. Covering the life cycle of stars; the formation of black holes and weird optical and physical effects associated with them; more recent revelations of super-sized black holes at the centers of galaxies; and the general effects of mass on space, light, and matter, she presents a clear, well-rounded picture of the strange structure and stranger physics of black holes. After leading a wild ride over a black hole's event horizon ("Right away, you would need a new nickname--something like Stretch . . . .") and explaining theories about gravity from Newton's notions to "Einstein's Spacey Ideas," DeCristofano leaves readers to ponder the truth of her claim that a black hole isn't a hole--but "NOT exactly NOT a hole either." Enhanced by a time line and a generous set of further resources--and illustrated with plenty of cogent diagrams, space photographs, and Carroll's dramatic images of stellar whirlpools and mammoth jets of gas around cores of impenetrable blackness--this book will snatch readers from their orbits and fling them into a lasting fascination with nature's most attractive phenomena. Literally.
—Booklist, starred review
About the Author
Internationally known artist Michael W. Carroll has been painting astronomical subjects for over 20 years. His art has appeared in several hundred magazines throughout the world, including Time, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Astronomy. His paintings have aired on NOVA, COSMOS, and various TV specials, and have embellished albums and numerous books. Michael lives at the foot of the Rockies in Littleton, Colorado.
- Publisher : Charlesbridge; 0 edition (February 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 80 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1570917833
- ISBN-13 : 978-1570917837
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 900L
- Grade level : 4 - 7
- Item Weight : 1.16 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.88 x 0.5 x 10.26 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,096,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I like it because it talks about ex-spiring (he means inspiring) stuff. I like the pictures and it is interesting. And also the speech bubbles are very funny and I like it. It really expires me!"
This book is probably a bit above my son's independent reading level, but is fantastic as a book to read with a parent. He prefers that I read most of the content to him, but will read aloud to me if prompted. It goes over some pretty high-level concepts with relatable metaphors and beautiful illustrations. My son was able to explain the concept of density to me using some of the illustrations and I caught him re-reading one chapter of it on his own. If your kiddo likes non-fiction/science type reading, I highly recommend this book, even if you still need to help with some of the reading.
DeCristofano, C. C. (2012). A black hole is not a hole. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge Publishing.
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