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Exploring the World of Astronomy: From Center of the Sun to Edge of the Universe (Exploring (New Leaf Press)) Paperback – August 30, 2013
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About the Author
John Hudson Tiner received five National Science Foundation teaching fellowships during his 12 years as a teacher of mathematics and science that allowed him to study graduate chemistry, astronomy, and mathematics. He also worked as a mathematician and cartographer for the Defense Mapping Agency, Aerospace Center in St. Louis, MO.
Tiner has received numerous honors for his writing, including the Missouri Writer’s Guild award for best juvenile book for Exploring the World of Chemistry. He and his wife, Jeanene, live in Missouri.
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Top Customer Reviews
We are using this as a unit study for Astronomy. It easily meets the need of a spine for a unit study. I'm adding another book with some star charts and a few outings with our telescope to complete what's required to make this a high school semester course.
The book is written in a very easy to understand form. For our family, it is a read-aloud, discuss, and answer the questions type of book. It's a black and white book and the chapters cover topics such as the moon, Mars, other planets, stars, telescopes, how we study space, and more (yes, Pluto too!) There are historical topics as well as very timely topics. Each chapter begins with three "explore" questions which are answered "discover" at the end of the chapter. At the end of the chapters are review questions as well as an "explore more" section.
The book is very well-written. I think it could be easily used by a middle school learner as a self-study book. It is scientific information, written to be easily understood and learned. I would definitely recommend it!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.
We've been using this book to study astronomy as a group, so I have two high school students (11th and 9th grades), a middle school student (7th grade) plus two elementary students (4th and 2nd grades) doing this together. The littles are supposedly outside the age range for this product, and they certainly are not grasping everything -- especially in some of the more math-intensive chapters -- but they love it too.
What I've found wonderful about this book (besides how easy it is for me to use with everyone) is that it is constantly talking about what you can see in the sky, or what you can see using pretty low magnification (binoculars, for instance) in addition to showing some great images from high-powered equipment.
We've only gotten through six chapters as a group, but I did go skim through the remaining seven. I came across this intro paragraph in the final chapter, Starlighted Nights:
"Exploring the World of Astronomy has emphasized observational astronomy: what we can see with the unaided eyes, binoculars, and small telescopes. Known facts are emphasized. Before dwelling on theoretical discussion or speculation, it is best to first see what is actually visible. Nothing substitutes for observing the stars in the dark vault of the heavens. Surprise and delight often accompany the first good, clear view of a star cluster, contrasting double stars of blue o gold, or a misty nebula."
Yes. That is what I was trying to express before. I love that this book has such an emphasis on what we can see for ourselves.
Each chapter includes text, illustrations, some questions to whet the kids' appetites (with answers at the end of the chapter), a chapter quiz (mostly true/false or multiple choice questions), and an "Explore More" section with ideas for additional study. I love those. Most chapters include a suggestion to research an astronomer, some famous, others not-so-famous. Most also include a suggestion that lends itself well to a simple group discussion (Which planet would be the easiest to colonize? Which would be the hardest?)
At the end of the book, there are even more "Explore More" suggestions. There is something there to suit almost anyone. There are questions that relate to literature, geography, geology, math, art, and of course, science. Telling my kids to pick their own project is great when there are so many options available.
I recommend this book highly. I certainly am learning a lot from it.
Disclaimer: I received this books for free from New Leaf Publishing Group as part of the Moms of Master Books program. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received complimentary products does not guarantee a favorable review.