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Really, Really Big Questions About Space and Time

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Does the universe have a shape? What makes sunshine? Do stars explode? How do you build a time machine? Do aliens look like me? When it comes to the big questions about astrophysics, kids go right for the interesting stuff. Professor Mark Brake makes great use of this as he serves up a heaping helping of kid-friendly space science. Through an entertaining Q&A format, h ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Kingfisher (first published October 1st 2010)
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Komal Parveen
This is a non-fiction book based on questions about time and space. The book is very, very colourful and contains a lot of illustrations which are eye-catching and lure the reader’s attention. The language used in the book is very child friendly and easy to understand. The book asks question such as why is the sky dark at night, what makes the sunshine and Do stars explode? The book discusses topics that may not be included in the national curriculum for science however they are definitely quest ...more
Really an excellent book, from the content to the format. (The only downgrade is that some of the page background colors make the text a bit hard to see.) I've been doing adult reading in this vein recently and have continually found myself hoping that my boys (5, 8, 10) will get jazzed about these things. This is the book to do it, if any will. Your baby Einstein might find the presentation too childish, but I think for the vast majority of kids (including very smart ones) the tone and content ...more
Emily Lakdawalla
Really, Really Big Questions about Space and Time is a fantastic book. It poses the kinds of questions that budding scientists really want to know the answers to -- When did the universe start? Is what I'm seeing actually there? Is space smelly? Are there holes in space? Would aliens want to steal our stuff? -- and provides enthusiastic, conversational answers that avoid technical terms unless they are fun ("spaghettification" makes the cut). It may sound like it's patronizing to the reader, but ...more
Little Kid Reaction: My friend used this with her class and overall it went well. Some of the questions were a bit advanced but some were right on.

Big Kid Reaction: I liked the format and thought this would be an excellent introduction to a science unit on these topics.

Pros: This is a fun, memorable way for kids to learn scientific concepts.

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1960's style illustrations decorate this book that gives currently correct answers to such silly sounding yet serious astronomical questions as: "Is space smelly?" "Do stars make noise?", "Is time the same on bigger planets?", or "Do aliens look like me?" Occasional "brain burn" boxes give questions or quotes to ponder that have no right answers but are interesting to think about. As the author says in the introduction, "Don't just listen to me...Take a good look for yourself." Grades 4-7
How Did We Explain the Universe Before Science Came Along? What Shape is the Universe? What happens when stars die? How fast is light? How Did We Put Time Together? Are There Holes in Space-time?

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