Googol and Googolplex are on a mission to learn about Earth by collecting a number of items including a blackbird's song, snowballs and a chocolate bar. Pippa and Troy are happy to help, especially when they get to ride to the North Pole in a spaceship. But when they return, Martin, the bully next-door, sees something that he shouldn't.
Compare and contrast the things a child can do on a spaceship to the things they do in everyday life
A good launch to a discussion of the space program and careers.
The planet Mercury has highs around 800 °F and lows around -280 °F. Students will learn about Mercury's discovery, physical characteristics, and the environment that supports these extreme temperatures. Blastoff! Series
The United States accelerated the space race in 1958 by forming NASA. Eager readers will learn about the history of NASA and its many manned and unmanned missions. Blastoff! Series
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. It is known for its giant spinning storm called the Great Red Spot. Young students will learn all about Jupiter's discovery, storms, moons, and how this giant planet has been explored. Blastoff! Series
Mars is known as the red, rocky planet. It has many volcanoes, including the solar system's largest one. Eager readers will learn about the physical features of Mars and its place in the solar system. Blastoff! Series
The Hubble Telescope travels at 17,500 miles per hour to capture fascinating images of space. Young learners will read about the creation of the Hubble Telescope and the ways we use it to learn more about the universe. Blastoff! Series
Earth is the only planet in the solar system known to support life. Children will explore our home's water, atmosphere, and the diverse land features that make Earth a beautiful place to live! Blastoff! Series
Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun. It takes 165 Earth years to complete a single orbit! Young students will learn about the discovery of Neptune, its moons, and the information gathered by Voyager II, the only space probe to pass by this distant planet. Blastoff! Series
Saturn has the largest and most complex ring system of any planet in the solar system. Young learners will read about Saturn's discovery, its physical traits, and how the sixth planet in the solar system has been explored. Blastoff! Series
Space shuttles bring astronauts into and out of space. Children will learn about the history of space shuttles, the advanced technology onboard, and how these vehicles perform their missions. Blastoff! Series
Astronauts live and work on space stations that orbit Earth. Young readers will read about space station parts, the first space stations, and the International Space Station. Blastoff! Series
The sun radiates light, heat, and energy at the center of the solar system. Eager students will explore how the sun works and its relationship to Earth and the other planets. Blastoff! Series
The planet Uranus has a bright blue-green color because of methane gas in its atmosphere. Young children will learn about the discovery of Uranus, how it has been explored, and why it is tilted on its side! Blastoff! Series
With reflective clouds, Venus appears to be the brightest planet in the night sky. Young students will read about the discovery of Venus, its harsh environment, and the ways it has been explored. Blastoff! Series
Marianne Berkes has a gift for making science fun, and this book is exhibit A. Mother sun and her "family" of planets spin, roll, tilt, blow and whirl around the Sun to the tune of Over in the Meadow. Each of those actions is astronomically correct. For example, Earth is the one that tilts, and that is what creates the seasons. It is also astronomically up-to-date, with Pluto being a dwarf planet. Bright illustrations create an exciting mood, and there is plenty of interesting supplementary information in the back along with tips on related ways to integrate science, art, and literature in the classroom.
Through simple text and pictures, young readers will learn about the lives of stars.
Through simple text and pictures, young readers will learn about comets and meteors.
Through simple text and pictures, young readers will learn about the universe.
Through simple text and pictures, young readers will learn about the giant gas planets.
Through simple text and pictures, young readers will learn about rocky planets.
Through simple text and pictures, young readers will learn about dwarf planets.
Through simple text and pictures, young readers will learn about solar systems.
People can see many things in the sky. What can you see when you look at the sky?