Show Me Space: My First Picture Encyclopedia (My First Picture Encyclopedias) by Steve Kortenkamp is a visually-stimulating way to learn about our sun, the planets, moons and even far away galaxies.
The first thing you should be aware of is that both Steve Kortenkamp and his wife are professional astronomers, so you know the facts are accurate and up-to-date. Kortenkamp is also committed to elementary and middle school science and has written over 20 children’s books, so he realizes how to make the facts interesting and accessible to children.
The best way to describe the organization is “photographic encyclopedia.” The book is illustrated with brightly-colored photographs and other images, with the key vocabulary word set off from a block of text that defines and describes it. This encyclopedia isn’t meant to be read cover-to-cover, although children certainly might want to do that. Instead, they can review a few of the over 100 concepts and vocabulary words found in the book, and come back as needed.
Pick up Show Me Space: My First Picture Encyclopedia and before you can say “transneptunian object,” your kids are going to be excited about astronomy.
Reading level: 1-2
Series: My First Picture Encyclopedias
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Capstone Press (February 1, 2013)
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