2008, Usborne Children's Books
12 pages, Hardback
Non-fiction, children's, 6 years +
Full of facts on space, planets, stars, galaxies, space stations
Summary from Usborne Children's Books
A flap book of astronomical proportions, packed with facts and information about the stars, planets and the universe.
Fabulous double-page topics show our solar system, the Milky Way, how scientists think the universe was created and the latest space travel technology.
Over 50 flaps reveal fascinating facts about the universe and there's a little book of star maps tucked in a pocket at the back of the book.
Includes internet links to websites with the latest space information, games and photos.
This book has flaps and I didn't destroy them! (as I did for this book) Although a few are a little hard to see (access to the flip is by a small cut out semi-circle). This books is perfect for a reader who is learning about space. It's fun lifting the flaps to see the extra bits of info. Staring at the photos made me realise how big the universe is (we don't know it's actual size). The best thing is I finally understand about nebula! As a big fan of Star Gate and Star Trek, nebulas come up in the story line. I never really knew what it was - I was too busy paying attention to the story. Nebula, for those who are interested, is where a star is born :) Lots of stars!
There are 12 pages...but some of these pages open out, doubling the size of the page :) This placed on emphasis on how large space is, and also made more room for explaining things. I liked the timeline which showed when certain aspects of space were discovered, including the demotion of Pluto from being a normal planet to a dwarf planet. I remember that happening and thinking 'wow, this is a huge deal!' At the back is a rather nifty feature. In a little pocket is a booklet that contains star maps. For each quarter of the year, it shows the reader the map of the sky for both Northern and Southern hemispheres and whether you are looking North or South.
Space is explained in a easily accessible format for whatever the reader wants to know about.
Make sure you check out the Quicklinks page on Usborne, with heaps of beneficial sites to explore about space.