The Jumbo Book of Space
Author: Cynthia Pratt Nicolson and Paulette Bourgeois
Illustrator: Bill Slavin
Pages: 208
Publisher/Date: Kids Can Press/2007
ISBN: 1554530202
Age Levels: 9-12

Book Review

Why does the sun shine? What is a black hole? What is inside the Earth? These are just a few questions readers will explore in this entertaining and impressive title. Jam-packed with stories, facts, statistics, and myths, the book is divided into 18 chapters that cover everything from asteroids to white dwarf stars.

Written primarily in a question-and-answer format, The Jumbo Book of Space offers elegant, accurate, kid-friendly explanations. For example:
Imagine you’re outside on a clear, sunny day. Suddenly the sky begins to turn dark. There’s a dark hole on one side of the Sun and the hole is getting bigger! Soon all that is left of the Sun is a halo of sparkling light around the black circle. On Earth the sky is as dark as night. The birds are silent and the air feels colder. There is an eerie quiet.

Is the Sun dying? No—an eclipse is taking place. Sometimes the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up in a straight line with the Moon in the middle. The Moon blocks the Sun’s light from reaching the Earth and a solar eclipse occurs.
Also included are 30 "Try It!" projects such as making a two-stage balloon rocket and creating an edible solar system. A four-page glossary and index are appended.

Perfect for browsing or research.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
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About the Authors

Cynthia Pratt Nicolson began writing for children in 1980. She lives on Bowen Island, off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

Paulette Bourgeois started writing when her daughter was born. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

About the Illustrator

Bill Slavin always wanted to illustrate children's books, even as a child. He loves traveling, hockey, cross country skiing, and miniature wargaming. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario, Canada.