Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Rocket Science: A Beginner’s Guide to the Fundamentals of Spaceflight by Andrew Rader, PhD & illustrated by Galen Frazer [Review & Giveaway - USA/CANADA]

My thoughts:  It has been my observation that boys are fascinated with boats, cars, planes, rockets or rather, any thing that moves, roars, beeps, bursts, flies, flashes, etc. And some girls are, too, for that matter. When raising my five children, boys and girls, they loved having things (toys, if you please; and books, too) that are based on or involve the sciences.

Rocket Science is one such book that would have delighted them. It is a book appropriate for ages 10 years and up. It all depends on their level of interest, involvement in the sciences, and specifically space sciences and the exploration thereof.

This is not a "flashy" book with cutesy pictures or illustrations nor is it a staid science book or journal. It is geared to pique the interest of the child and budding teen. It gives a fraction of information in an educational manner without the stiffness that text books generally present.

A nice glossary is provided at the back. The illustrations are striking with colors stark against the blackness that is space. Having watched the first man on the moon mission on television, it is revealing to see the evolution of rocketry through the years and the vastness of the universe that has been explored to date.

I highly endorse this book for individuals, classroom libraries, school and public libraries.

About the book: Sometimes it takes a rocket scientist to offer young readers the most engaging introduction to space travel, the solar system, and the universe.

Earth's gravity keeps our feet on the ground, and also prevents us from soaring into space. So how do we explore that vast frontier? We use rockets! Discover how rockets work--from staging to orbits to power generation, from thermal control to navigation and more. Learn how rockets and other spacecraft travel to and explore the moon, Mars, Jupiter, and beyond. Speculate about the future of space exploration--and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. In a guide ideal for aspiring rocket engineers, planetary scientists, and others who love learning about space exploration, Galen Frazer's distinctive yet accessible illustrations pair perfectly with Andrew Rader's straightforward text, together taking readers to the edge of our knowledge of space travel.

GIVEAWAY ~ 2 Winners
Begins January 19
Ends February 10 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA & CANADA addresses
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's prize is provided and shipped directly to the winner by publisher or publicist.

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