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CRAFTY INVENTIONS: OUTER SPACE

Author: Gerry Bailey

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Publisher: Mercury Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: From the first rockets to the Mars rover, kids not only learn about the evolution of space exploration, but they get a chance to re-create the different spacecrafts, too. This is a nonfiction picture book for older kids.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 8

Age of Child: Read by a 10-year old student.

Young Reader Reaction: This book is fun; it has good pictures and steps. I read this book several times because I liked that it teaches me how to make the project and who invented it. This is a nice book for science projects.

Adult Reader Reaction: What an interesting book to read! We learned things, too. We especially liked how the book offered hands-on activities to make inventions more relevant to kids. This is a good book for elementary-school science projects.

Pros: This is the perfect book when you want something for the kids to read AND give them something to do. Teacher reviewer: "It is the best for reading and the projects you can do."

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is the kind of book that you'll go to when you want to engage kids with hands-on learning. It is perfect for school and public libraries, as well as home-schooling families.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CRAFTY INVENTIONS: GREAT INVENTORS   SATURN FOR MY BIRTHDAY   REALLY, REALLY BIG QUESTIONS ABOUT SPACE AND TIME

Educational Themes: This book is loaded with biographical info, as well as ways for kids to learn and experiment with science and physics.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - space, science, interactive learning, middle grade, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2014

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