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The Kingfisher Young People's Book of Space (Kingfisher Book Of) Hardcover – September 30, 1998
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Grade 4-6?Though busy page design makes a visual tangle of some spreads, and several illustrations are more decorative than edifying, this distillation outdoes such competitors as Lisa Miles's The Usborne Complete Book of Astronomy and Space (EDC, 1998) for currency and cosmic scope. Redfern begins with Anaxagoras's third century B.C.E. supposition that the Earth circles the Sun rather than vice-versa, and then goes on to detail the subsequent history of astronomical research, including the major successes and failures of both Soviet and U.S. space programs. The author describes the components of the solar system and the stellar life cycle, moves on to discuss galaxies, speculates about extraterrestrial life, and finishes by pointing out that there are still many unanswered questions about the way our universe works. On each topical spread, relatively substantial blocks of text are arranged next to, or sometimes on, full-color paintings or photos that range in size from thumbnails to entire backgrounds. On spreads with more than one narrative thread, readers may have trouble staying on track, and some of the art, such as a series of captioned but unlabeled cross sections of various celestial bodies' atmospheres, add more color than information to the presentation. Still, this wide-angle view of what we have learned so far in our observations of the universe makes a meaty update or replacement for older books, including James Muirden's Stars and Planets (Kingfisher, 1993) and the "Secrets of Space" series (21st Century).?John Peters, New York Public Library
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“This volume is easy to read and invites many hours of investigation, which will both educate and provide entertainment. ” ―Children's Literature
“This wide-angle view of what we have learned so far in our observations of the universe makes a meaty update or replacement for older books, including James Muirden's Stars and Planets (Kingfisher, 1993) and the "Secrets of Space" series (21st Century).” ―School Library Journal
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The pictures and layout of the book is outstanding, and it provides so much useful information, including "Beyond Time" "The Search for E.T." and "Impossible Questions."
I highly recommend this book to kids of all ages that are intrigued by the cosmos, and want a fantastic introduction to our solar system and beyond. Deserves 10 Stars!