Thursday, October 10, 2013

Exploring The World of Astronomy {Review}

I am honoured to be included on the Moms of Master Books review team, and today I have the opportunity to share another exceptional product from Master Books (a division of the New Leaf Publishing Group) with you. This time I received Exploring the World of Astronomy: From the Center of the Sun to the Edge of the Universe by John Hudson Tiner. Because I am new to this group, this was the first of the Exploring series that I have received, but if you are interested, the other great titles are listed HERE

From the publisher:
Think you know all there is to know about our solar system? You might be surprised at some of the amazing details that you find when you begin Exploring the World of Astronomy! From the rugged surface of the moon to the distant and mysterious constellations, this book provides an exciting educational tour for students of different ages and skill levels. Learn about a blue moon, the 400-year storm on Jupiter, and what is meant by "the zone of life." Discussion ideas, questions, and research opportunities help expand this great resource on observational astronomy into an unforgettable educational course for middle school to high school students!

Chapter titles include:
  1 - Exploring the Moon
  2 - Mars
  3 - Terrestrial Planets
  4 - Jupiter
  5 - Saturn
  6 - Jovian Planets
  7 - Plutoids and Denizens of Space
  8 - Telescopes
  9 - Breakthroughs in Astronomy
10 - Deep Sky Wonders
11 - Stars
12 - Extrasolar Planets
13 - Starlighted Nights

My thoughts:
This 176-page book is great for ages 10-18 (and older). I am going to use it as a reference book in our homeschool, although I will say that I am already learning some interesting facts as I have looked through it. It is well-written and an important aspect to me is that it is written from a Christian world view. I do wish the pictures were in colour, but that is not a deal-breaker for me, just a personal preference. This is a great resource for a science curriculum for middle school through high school ages (it includes quizzes after each chapter and parent/teacher lesson plans in the back), a reference book to be perused as needed, or a book to keep out on the coffee table for a child who doesn't have a current book to read to pick up and engage on their own. Since we live in an area that is great for star-gazing, we are ready to identify more constellations, with the help of the charts in this book. This is a wonderful resource to have on our science shelf. 

You can purchase this title for $14.99 (and add the digital download for only $4.50 more).

Mark your calendars!!! There will be a Books and a Treat Facebook Party on Tuesday, October 22 at 9PM EST! Come and chat with the review team, learn fascinating facts about astronomy and enter to WIN some great prizes, including a copy of Exploring the World of Astronomy!

Disclaimer: I received one copy of this book from Master Books. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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