I often reflect on the differences between my own childhood and my son’s and the biggest change has to be technology and the availability of information at the touch of a button. I can remember learning about space as a child and it was grainy images on an old TV and the books we had really were quite adult in the way they were written. Time really has moved on, and in the Space Race book published by Carlton Books recently, children can not only read about the story of space exploration, a free app brings the story to life in front of their eyes.
Space Race The Story of Space Exploration is a 96 page hardback book aimed at children aged 8 years and over. It’s packed full of photographs and illustrations as well as clear snippets of information that are easy for children to understand.
The chapters take us through the race for rockets, how and when humans went into space, looks at the moon as well as space shuttles and the space station that my son knows about. The book also covers the various planet probes and looks ahead at future plans for the Space Race. It’s a fascinating book, which we’ve both enjoyed reading together.
We’ve seen V-2 Missiles in various museums we’ve visited and Space Race The Story of Space Exploration gives us a fact file as well as information on why and how they were built as well as who designed them.
The race to get men into space was happening before I was born, in fact we learned that Vostok 1 was ready to take of on my birthday, but seven years before I arrived on the scene!
We learned about the first cosmonauts and that Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963. It’s hard to contemplate that it took a further nineteen years before the next female astronaut would visit space. Being able to walk in space still fascinates me now, and Space Race The Story of Space Exploration discusses the dangers the astronauts faced when this was first tried.
In July this year it will be fifty years since the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Apparently I watched the events unfold with my parents on TV, but I was only a year old so I clearly have no recollection. I do however have many memories of the Space Shuttle and the various space missions it undertook.
The book also explores what it’s like to live in space, how and what astronauts eat and how they actually sleep. Did you know that astronauts often attach their sleeping bags to a wall and then climb in to try to get to sleep. I can’t imagine that it’s particularly comfortable.
Probes and telescopes have been a fascinating way for us all to learn more about our solar system. Over the years it’s been so interesting to watch images bounced back to earth of planets like Venus and Mercury.
I wonder if we will see regular commercial space travel in my lifetime? It seems too much like something out on a B movie for me, but I’m sure it will happen eventually. Space Race The Story of Space Exploration talk about this as well as the Parker Solar Probe which was launched last year and will get closer to the sun than any probe before it. It will take seven years to reach the sun, so something for us all to watch out for in the future.
It’s a really interesting read, and one that we’ve both enjoyed and learned from. But Space Race The Story of Space Exploration isn’t just your standard non fiction reference book. Download the free Space Race AR app which is available on both Google Play Store and App Store for augmented reality fun at intervals throughout the book.
If you find a page which says ‘replay history here’ you hold your device over the book and videos will start to play or 3D models come to life.
It brings a whole new element to the book and really brings Space Race to life. My son loves to watch the old films. It’s been a big hit here.
You can order Space Race directly from the Carlton Books website.
disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review.
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