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First Space Encyclopedia (DK First Reference) [Hardcover]

Caroline Bingham
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  • Hardcover: 127 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (21 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756633664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756633660
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 22.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,112,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for introducing children to space 12 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book was bought for 7 and 9 year olds who were beginning to show an interest in space, and, after having been carefully chosen, has not let me down.

The pictures/photos are superb, and the text is just the right size and quantity per page.

Everything is clearly explained in an easy to understand way without being condescending, and we look forward to reading this again and again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing 26 Feb 2010
By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
After reading the product description elsewhere, I was expecting this book to be centered around the solar system. When in fact, the section on the solar system is one of the smallest sections, and doesn't really go into much detail about the planets -- least of all other space objects like Ceres, Eris, the Kuiper Belt, etc.

The title is very misleading. This is not an encyclopedia about space itself, but rather space science: astronaut training, satellites, and other space technology. They even put in a mention of stormtroopers from Star Wars (space in pop culture), and gave four pages to UFOs.

There is a tremendous amount of information provided, and this is a nice addition to our homeschool library, but I don't understand why our solar system wasn't given more attention. I noticed that a lot of the science facts found in this book could also be found in the DK First Science Encyclopedia.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointing 11 Jan 2010
By Ursula K. Raphael - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After reading the product description and the other reviews, I was expecting this book to be centered around the solar system. When in fact, the section on the solar system is one of the smallest sections, and doesn't really go into much detail about the planets -- least of all other space objects like Ceres, Eris, the Kuiper Belt, etc.

The title is very misleading. This is not an encyclopedia about space itself, but rather space science: astronaut training, satellites, and other space technology. They even put in a mention of stormtroopers from Star Wars (space in pop culture), and gave four pages to UFOs.

There is a tremendous amount of information provided, and this is a nice addition to our homeschool library, but I don't understand why our solar system wasn't given more attention. I noticed that a lot of the science facts found in this book could also be found in the DK First Science Encyclopedia.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute winner!! 10 Feb 2009
By Jennifer E. Burch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
We bought this for my daughter on her fifth birthday and she simply adores it. It comes in the car with us, to the dinner table, she's been up many a night reading it when she was supposed to be asleep, etc. This book is very well done with lots of facts that my solar system obsessed daughter didn't know. It's done in accessible language with gorgeous pictures. Highly recommended!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit too old for my child 23 Sep 2010
By Juniormint - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Content is a bit too old for my 5 year old. This is not the books fault as the reading level says 9-12. We have all the DK First reference series and this one will serve her better when she gets a little older. Highly recommend all the DK First reference books. They are wonderful.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 20 Feb 2009
By Robin Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my four-year old daughter. It's a great first encyclopedia. Lots of photos and interesting information. She's a little young for a book with this much information on one page though. She easily gets distracted by all the shiny objects. At least we can answer her questions. I know she'll grow into this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 31 Jan 2013
By Cassie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my 6 year old first grader who needed to do a project on the solar system and I chose this one because we own a couple others like it (love them as well! We have First Encyclopedia and First Science encyclopedia). It is a great book with stunning detailed pictures that I think is perfect for the age range. My daughter loves that there are little fun fact questions on the bottom of every page.
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