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Oxford first book of space
Langley, Andrew.
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 32 cm
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QB500.22 .L36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB500.22 .L36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Oversize
QB500.22 .L36 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This dazzling tour of the universe, complete with color photos and illustrations, discusses the origins and nature of various celestial bodies, explains phenomena such as black holes and solar eclipses, reviews the history of space exploration, and ponders the possibility of life beyond Earth. Interactive activities encourage hands-on involvement.

Author Notes

Andrew Langley was born in 1949 in Britain. He has dedicated his career to penning educational books that meet the needs of young readers. Langley's first books were primarily straightforward works designed to explain day-to-day facts; in his "Behind the Scenes" series, for example, he explores what goes on at various familiar locations, such as a hotel and police station. As his career has progressed, Langley has increasingly focused on the subject that most interests him - history. He has produced biographies of a broad range of people from history as well as historic overviews such as The Roman News, Medieval Life, Renaissance, and Ancient Egypt.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Oxford First Book series also takes readers to space in one of its two new titles. The Oxford First Book of Space by Andrew Langley begins with the stars, moon and sun, then moves onto the earth and its solar system, including the birth and death of a star. "Look Closer" boxes invite readers to examine scientific discoveries or questions, and several spreads focus on life in space (including taking a shower) and walking on the moon. The Oxford First Book of Animals by Barbara Taylor arranges its information thematically. For example, the spread "Living Together" highlights a termite tower, organized like a city, and a sweetlips fish that holds open its mouth for a teeth cleaningÄby a cleaner wrasse, a much smaller fish. Diagrams and photographs demonstrate how nature's inhabitants both work together and fight to survive. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-This superficial import falls below this veteran author's usual standards. Langley intersperses a rehash of basic information about stars, planets, and space exploration with simplistic claims ("Without the Sun's energy, nothing on Earth could live"); lazy generalizations (Saturn has "a series of at least seven sparkling rings"); and such poorly written lines as, "The Lunar Module landed cautiously on the Moon" or "For moving about in space, astronauts use something called a Manned Maneuvering Unit." Large, flashy pictures, most of which are enhanced-color space photos, display similar signs of carelessness. In a schematic view of the solar system, for instance, Pluto's orbit wrongly remains outside Neptune's for its entire path; and mentions of the Orion Nebula and the star Betelgeuse in the text refer to a much earlier illustration in which neither is labeled. There are no leads to sources of further information, whether on paper or online. Peter Bond's DK Guide to Space (DK, 1999) and Alan Dyer's Space (Reader's Digest, 1999) cover the same territory, both with greater attention to accuracy and more respect for the intended audience.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.