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The eye-catching companion volume to The Reader's Digest Children's Atlas of the World.
• Where did the Moon come from>
• How much would you weigh on Pluto?
• Why do some stars explode?
• How do astronomers find Black Holes?
• Where is the edge of the universe?
The Reader's Digest Children's Atlas of the Universe - the perfect atlas for the new millennium - and beyond.
• Up to date maps and diagrams explains the wonders of the universe
• More than 100 illustrations of spacecraft, satellites, telescopes and more
• Clear, easy-to-follow explanations of complex concepts
• Detailed star maps for all seasons
• Projects, activities and experiments
• Glossary of technical terms
• fact file with the latest facts and figures
Aimed at 'kids of all ages' this could prove a bit too much for the younger kids on their own. It should come with a PGR rating.
This isn't because there is anything wrong with it by any means, just that there is so much in there, it can get a bit overwhelming for the little ones, and may need Mum or Dad to help guide them through it, and skip over some of the 'extras' on each page.
The diagrams are amazing and very fully-featured, and the "Universe Fact File" at the back is crammed with information about our solar system, but something very important to keep in mind is that the data in this book was compiled back in 2000, so is a few years short of current. This is not so big for the star-maps, which change on scales of decades and centuries, but the fact files are not suitable for research data relating to any missions, probes, or spacecraft launched since the millenium.
Still, for a reference book suitable for kids to use if they have an early interest in any facet of space, this is surely well worth it. Cheap at this price, it is a big book with plenty going for it, and an excellent companion to the Children's Atlas of the World, both of which are excellent additions to any kid's library.
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