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Letters from Space Hardcover – Picture Book, September 15, 2020
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School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW With a final page of facts about NASA, astronauts, and living in space, this must-purchase entertains with a combination of zany art, humor, and solid facts for fascinated young readers craving space travel even the armchair kind. -- School Library Journal
Retired astronaut Clayton Anderson writes about the scientific method and Newton s First Law without making it read like a textbook! --Children's Lit Love
We learned, we laughed, we were entertained, and informed. The pictures add to the silliness and perfectly compliment the story. -- Engineering Emily
I just loved the whimsical pictures and the letters home from astronaut Clayton Anderson. He details life on the space station and lets you in on a few space secrets kids will love (e.g. Just how long can you wear underwear in space?). This would also appeal to older readers, especially the PS section where more in depth details of space life are given. --Always in the Middle blog
- Grade Level : 1 - 3
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1534110747
- ISBN-13 : 978-1534110748
- Product Dimensions : 11.3 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
- Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press; Illustrated Edition (September 15, 2020)
- Reading level : 6 - 8 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #339,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Opening with a letter to his mom sent on Flight Day 3 and ending with a letter to Mission Control after he arrived safely back on Earth on Day 152, we get to read fictional letters from Clayton to his mom, his friends, Mission Control, students, his doctors, fans, and more. And while most letters are funny, each teaches the readers something important about what astronauts might actually do and learn on these missions.
For example, did you know that in the first few days of a space mission, your head might swell because your heart pumps too much fluid to your brain because it thinks you're still on Earth? Or did you know that scientists ask astronauts to take pictures of specific things on Earth on various missions, comparing these photographs over time to learn about things like ocean health, soil erosion, deforestation, and city growth? Or that astronauts can't wash their clothes in space, so they wear each item for a certain number of days in a row and then simply throw them away? (Yes, even their underwear...). Anderson even writes about the scientific method and Newton's First Law without making it read like a textbook!
Be sure to spend time reading through the "PS From the Astronaut" pages at the back. Anderson has filled them with lots of interesting information about various stories he included in his letters, such as why scientists are learning about growing food in their spaceships.
A big thank you to Sleeping Bear Press for sharing this book with our family in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions of this book are my own.