First Big Book of Space
written by Catherine D. Hughes; illustrated by David A. Aguilar
2012 (National Geographic Little Kids)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
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If you are connected to a second or third grader who is interested in space, this is the book for you. What you get is a combination of spectacular photographs from National Geographic, easy to read text that covers a wide variety of solar system topics, and text features like diagrams (look for the phases of the moon in Chapter One), inserts, and labels that will the information craving brain of a seven or eight year old. Chapter One explores what is described by the author as the familiar: the sun, Earth, moon, and meteors. In Chapter Two, our seven planetary neighbors in the solar system are featured. Chapter Three brings in other parts of the neighborhood: asteroids, dwarf planets (hello Pluto!), and comets. Traveling further away from our home planet, bigger topics are covered in Chapter 4 like the whole universe, stars, constellations, galaxies, nebulae, and black holes. The final chapter is about exploration. Spaceships, telescopes, and space stations are introduced. Throughout the book, you have terrific features like fact boxes which give a summary of a body's size and location. In addition to the main text are pop-up facts which provide more data which is always a big hit with an informational text.
First Big Book of Space will be a popular addition to your classroom or school library. There are probably plenty of informational text fans in your population and this book delivers with crazy good photographs and text that is accessible for young readers.