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The history news in space
Johnstone, Michael.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 34 cm
Uses a newspaper format to take a look at developments that led from the ideas of Copernicus and other early scientists to the technological advances that enabled man to venture to the moon and beyond.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
IG 1160 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.9 2.0 51733.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.7 5 Quiz: 22508 Guided reading level: NR.
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TL793 .J63 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TL793 .J63 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Since ancient times, men and women have looked up into the sky, wondered at what they saw, and dreamed of traveling to the moon and the planets. That's why the latest book in the acclaimed History News series opens more than 2,000 years ago in ancient Greece. That's why, as well as reporting on the Russian and American space race in this century, the News goes back in time to profile the coloful characters who risked ridicule, and sometimes their lives, to explore controversial ideas about space. From Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler to the first canine cosmonaut, from Sir Isaac Newton and Halley's Comet to the Hubble Space Telescope, THE HISTORY NEWS: IN SPACE has the scoop on the exciting events and scientific advancements that have drawn human kind--in small steps and giant leaps--into the great beyond.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. Laid out like a newsletter with headlines, articles, art, photos, and advertisements, this book in the History News series capsulizes the lead stories in space exploration. Opening with Greek observations of 2,500 years ago, the articles recap developments in theory and technology with energetic, often humorous writing and compelling original and archival art and photographs, contriubted by Douglas Millard, all attractively displayed newspaper style. Some liberties have been taken to create the alluring sense of immediacy: the "interview" with the first Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, bears no quotation marks, leading to the assumption that it is fabricated; interviews with two unidentified experts are printed with quotes. Children will need to bear in mind that the articles in this oversize volume are written to convey concise blips of information in a fun, attention-grabbing way, and at that they succeed. --Ellen Mandel

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7This latest series title hits the high spots of our off-planet experiences through the by-now-familiar combination of headlined articles; advertisements (GALILEO-STYLE TELESCOPES COMPLETE WITH STAND ARE NOW AVAILABLECOME TO NEW WORLDS BEHIND THE TOWER AT PISA); and large, elaborate, brightly colored paintings. The book opens with a book review of Ptolemys Almagest (A.D. 140) and closes with a roundup of the next few space-program goals. What with interviews (Yuri Gagarin and other luminaries), accounts of Galileos trial and an astronauts training, close-ups of various rockets and space probes, and a final time line500 B.C.E.-A.D. 1998this breezy overview gives readers tantalizing glimpses of the history of space science.John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.