Living In Space
Lucy Bowman & Abigail Wheatley
32pp., hbk., RRP $A9.99
With the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon approaching on July 20; the loss of the Mars Rover after 15 years; and the Chinese landing a probe on the dark side of the moon space happenings are taking a prominent place in news bulletins this year and young minds start to think about what life in space might be like – something that is a distinct possibility for them.
Living In Space is from the Usborne Beginners series, a collection that is ideal for young readers to explore topics of interest as they are written in accessible language with lots of photographs and illustrations and supported by all the key cues and clues to support their independence in information literacy such as a contents page, index and glossary. In it, they can learn about what it is like to work, eat and sleep in space with enough information to satisfy their initial curiosity and this, in turn, is supported by links to specifically chosen websites that will tell them more. And if they want to learn about other aspects of space, they can search the Usborne Quicklinks site for “space” and find books and links to whatever they are curious about.
Up-to-date, easy-to-access and an in-demand topic make this a valuable addition to a collection that will get a lot of focus this year.