Space Kids: A First Introduction for Little Explorers
Space Kids: A First Introduction for Little Explorers
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Annotation: Space Kids is a a poetic introduction to space that is aimed to inspire wonder in the littlest of scientists.
Catalog Number: #185680
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Little Gestalten
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 3-89955-795-6
ISBN 13: 978-3-89955-795-4
Dewey: 523
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A first, sweeping look at the visible universe and some of what's in it.That "some" ranges from galaxies, nebulas, and constellations to space junk. Each element is given a narrative voice (as in: "I am your Solar System, a huge family in space") to supply introductions and brief descriptions of select parts or features. "Space" has the final word, but instead of directing readers' attention outward as the rest do, it delivers only a vague and rather deflating platitude: "And you, my young scientist, are very special." Despite featuring a cast of child astronauts and scientists that includes several with Asian features or dark skin as well as white characters, flattened perspectives and stylized renditions of, for instance, a young dreamer in a fishbowl helmet and the asteroid belt as an unrealistically dense band of gravel give the illustrations a mildly antique, mid-last-century look. Though the International Space Station and the Ariane 5 launch vehicle take narrative turns of their own, overall the focus is less on technology, the future of space exploration, or even measures of specific detail (Mars "has mountains, valleys, and windblown red dust") than on fostering a general appreciation for the cosmos as "a wondrous place of spinning galaxies, exploding stars, and planets teeming with the unknown."The theme's worthy, but the informational payload is disappointingly light. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-8)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 This book is charmingly presented with retro paintings similar to 1950s palette and woodcut styling. The oversize picture book format offers inventive layouts and minimal text, while the text covers sophisticated concepts with current information. There is a glossary, but words are also explained in context. The strong illustrations contribute to a deeper understanding of challenging ideas, although the limited explanations mean much is left unsaid. The graphic design sensibility generally keeps pages simple and accessible, although the more complicated pages can be confusing, such as the segment discussing possible life forms from beyond Earth. The style of the book will appeal to fans of Greg Pizzoli's Tricky Vic. The use of illustrations rather than photos gives the book a younger feel, despite content that skews a bit older. VERDICT School libraries will appreciate this on their browsing shelves for wannabe scientists and astronauts. Dorcas Hand, formerly at Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston
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Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 1-4

Space Kids is a a poetic introduction to Space that is aimed to inspire wonder in the littlest of scientists.

Space is all around us, but how much do we know? Where do we even begin... Space Kids is designed to form the building blocks from which we can all learn about the universe. Covering topics such as stars, planets, moons and rockets as well as the basics of gravity and how astronauts eat and sleep in space; Space Kids moves through the complexities of the universe with fresh and original style. Andre DeSantis' beautifully rendered illustrations spark the imagination whilst Steve Parker's simple text brings a sense of awe to the biggest of topics.
Space Kids teaches young astronauts about space but also serves as reminder about how special we are on planet Earth.  This little corner in the vast universe is host to an abundance of life and the most spectacular is the tiny human who is holding this very book. we are on planet Earth. All the elements that form our spectacular universe A must have introduction for any budding young scientist.

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