Saturday, February 2, 2019

Review: Working in Space by Ellen Lawrence


WORKING IN SPACE
by Ellen Lawrence
Bearport Publishing
Picture Book Non-Fiction
24 pages
ages 4 to 8



How does it feel to work in zero gravity in a laboratory more than 200 miles above Earth? What kinds of experiments do astronauts carry out aboard the International Space Station (ISS)? And how does it feel to step out of the space station into the darkness of space? In this new Science Slam! title, kids will discover the answers to all these questions and many more fascinating facts about working in space. Each book is expertly crafted to meet early elementary and science curriculum standards, as well as introduce young space enthusiasts to the latest space technology. Innovative, grade-appropriate activities and experiments, critical-thinking questions, and fascinating fact boxes will give kids a chance to think like an astronaut.



 MY TIDBITS

Little astronauts' hearts will pound faster as they not only learn more about what astronauts do in space, but take in the real life photographs of astronauts at work on the space station.

What do astronauts do in space? This book gives a nice overview, including everything from repairing the station to experiments to chores. The book is divided into nine, two-page chapters, each one concentrating on a specific task astronauts have. The information is clear and easy to understand, and offers interesting facts. Even more fun and, perhaps, surprising facts are presented in text bubbles referring to the colorful photographs. To wrap things up, an easy and interesting experiment is offered at the end—one even younger listeners can do. There is a glossary which helps define more difficult and specific terms along with pictures to make these definitions clear. At the end, there's an index to help locate specific information quickly; a list of books to find more information; and a website where more information can be found.

This is a great read for kids interested in learning more about astronauts and what they do on the space station. The text is clear and precise, while remaining interesting for the age group. The author never talks down to the kids, but presents the facts as they are. The addition of lesser known numbers and information make it fun to explore, and might even surprise adults at times.

The photographs make this book a real treat. Each one presents real life astronauts as they perform the respective tasks on the station. The photos are bright and clear. While some moments are serious, the book brings in several more humorous tidbits, which make it more fun to read. Even the astronauts are presented with different emotions and in different situations, giving everything a realistic feel, kids will be able to relate to. It's sure to be a treasure for kids who dream of flying to space themselves one day.




How do you become an astronaut? What’s it like to live and work in space? These books will take kids on a fascinating journey to discover the newest developments in space exploration. Today’s readers could become tomorrow’s space pioneers! Each book in this new Science Slam! series is expertly crafted to meet early elementary and science curriculum standards, as well as introduce young space enthusiasts to the latest space technology and missions. Innovative, grade-appropriate activities and experiments, critical-thinking questions, and fascinating fact boxes will give kids a chance to think like astronauts. Space-ology is part of Bearport’s Science Slam! program.

Six titles in this series:

Becoming An Astronaut
Investigation Asteroids
Living On Mars
Looking For Another Earth
Surviving In Space
Working In Space


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