Tag Archives: Space

Bear in Space – Deborah Abela. Illustrated by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall

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Walker Books Australia

August 2020

ISBN: 9781760651510
Imprint: Walker Books Australia

Australian RRP: $25.99
New Zealand RRP: $28.99

Encouraging our little readers to be not just accepting of differences but to embrace them is arguably one of the greatest gifts we can offer. And to be able to do this through the enjoyment of a wonderful and vibrant story is a real bonus.

Bear is different. He’s not like the other little bears who are noisy and play lots of games. Bear prefers the quiet, learning about space and planning his trip in his own rocket ship. The other bears laugh at his dream of space travel and though Bear feels lonely, he is undeterred. He takes off and begin his exploration and finds not only the amazing vastness of his dream but a most amazing surprise – a like-minded friend! Together Bear and Panda conquer space and upon their return find that the acceptance from their peers opens up even more richness.

This is just a beautiful and thoughtful story which will enchant children and adults alike spring-boarding many deep discussions around our perceptions of others. Children will also love the interspersed space facts – this being truly a fascinating topic for them in my experience.

The perfect combination of text and illustrations is just superb and clearly the two creators are completely in sync.

Celebrating differences, acceptance, self-belief and friendship this is a must-have for your collection.

Highly recommended for little readers from around five years upwards.

Meet the Planets – Caryl Hart. Illustrated by Bethan Woollvin

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9781408892985

Bloomsbury Australia

March 2020

ISBN: 9781408892985
Imprint: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

RRP: $14.99

Another terrific book to add to your ‘space/astronomy’ theme and this one is particularly well-suited to younger readers so if you are differentiating your study it would be perfect as a kick-start.

Engaging rhyming text which each heavenly body accompanied by a salient fact and outrageously vibrant and cute illustrations will totally engage not only keen budding astronomers but also those who may not yet be fascinated by the skies above. The colour scheme is wonderful and the touch of neon orange just pops from each page with the planets happy faces smiling their welcome to young readers.

Use this either as a complement to your unit of work or simply as a fun read-aloud – whichever will be a popular addition to your shelves.

Recommended highly for readers from around 4 years upwards.

 

Unlocking the Universe- Stephen [& Lucy] Hawking

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9780241418864Penguin Australia

  • Published: 21 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241418864
  • RRP: $26.99

Stephen Hawking was arguably the world’s most respected scientist and certainly one of the iconic figures of our lifetime.  What a loss to us his brilliant mind was – and further, what an absolute inspiration to any who followed his career.

Curated by his equally brilliant daughter Lucy this is a collection of essays which will take readers on an exploration of the universe from its beginning through the marvellous advances made in space exploration and travel and more. Readers of a scientific bent will thoroughly enjoy this especially as it combines both amazing facts and stunning colour photographs.

Particularly if, like us, you have a Science component to your ‘at home’ learning you will find this a wonderful addition for readers from middle primary to middle secondary who are investigating space. It certainly is on our agenda and this one will stay at home a while to cater for this.

Despite it’s scientific content the essays are written in a very accessible style and the many topics investigated which range from the physical explanations of the universe to earth science to robotics and future predictions.

Highly recommended for curious minds from around 10 years upwards.

Startalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Young Readers Edition

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Penguin Random House

Paperback | $17.99
Published by National Geographic Children’s Books
Mar 20, 2018 Middle Grade (10 and up)| ISBN 9781426330872

Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist/author/TV and radio personality, has been a popular identity for decades and many young readers will know his special blend of pop culture, science and comedy particularly from the National Geographic.

This is a super volume for that kid who just loves random facts – sometimes seemingly unrelated – and is a veritable smorgasbord of ‘dip in, dip out’ information on a variety of fascinating topics.

What do I pack for Mars?

How do we get water?

Where does creativity come from?

Why don’t we have flying cars yet?

These are just a sample of some of the major questions covered but the book contains so much extra with fact boxes, provocations and biographical snapshots and more. This will be guaranteed to keep your reader entertained for hours – although it’s entirely possible your own peace will be interrupted with many ‘did you know…?’ moments.

Lavishly illustrated with some stunning photography this is not only a mine of information but a visual treat. My personal favourite ‘dip in’ is the section on zombies *grin*.

Whether to put on your library shelves or as a gift for your budding geek, this is a super volume and I highly recommend it for readers with inquiring minds from about ten years upwards.