What's it Like in Space? (Lift-the-Flap First Questions and Answers) Board book – 1 Nov 2017
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I wish some of the objects had been better scaled, especially when scale is being discussed. There is a flap that compares the Sun to Earth to its moon, but the Sun is no where near its proper size.
Each page or two page spread is titled a particular question to answer. Then the flaps are supposed to give info to answer that title question. However the order of this material is not well planned out. I think if they ordered the questions in a better way the book would have a better flow (like starting from what is space, how to get there, what do you need to bring in space, what it was like up there, and what you can study there... etc.) This book's answers also did not flow well and sometimes even did not seem very connected to the question on the page.
A couple of the flaps intertwine when you try to close the book so there was not a lot of attention to the placement of flaps, their size, and impact on book closing.
The book also has a page titled "Can we actually live on Mars?" and the first flaps says "Yes..." I REALLY dislike propaganda to manipulate children to back expensive projects that may not be the best use of money, resources, or the human lives lost. I would have left out the "yes" as if its a sure thing. Maybe we could fly to Mars and visit... crossing our fingers hoping that that no crazy powerful and fast particles/radiation will hit the spacecraft - there are some things we just cannot stop.. THEN if a person actually gets to Mars, there is a constant risk of death - its not like here on earth. There is little water, no food to eat, no air to breath, and no thick atmosphere to protect from radiations, etc. You cannot take off your spacesuit and go to bed.... you can't get lost and live off the land... you cannot drink water from a cactus or dig a hole to extract something to drink. If you get lost, fall down a cliff, run out of water or food, or a machine breaks, you simply are dead. There are no trees to provide shelter, no dead branches to build a fire, and no creeks to fish in. Mars is NOT earth and it is very far away from Earth. This is not a simple "yes." We were lucky so few died in the Gemini, Apollo, and Shuttle missions... it could have been much worse. I fear going to Mars will be much worse in the death toll and consequences we have not yet fathomed. At least the page went on to say there was no food there, no air to breath, etc. so parents can at least address the reason why Mars is not very suitable for humans... and that Earth is very special so we need to take care of it.
The image of the solar system did not include the meteor belt nor the Kuiper belt.
Says space maybe goes on forever... mathematical astrophysicists have shown it is a finite not infinite universe - it does have an edge or end to it, but as it expands that edge gets farther from us. It does not go on forever so why mention something that is not true in a kids book?
Overall, the book felt very disjointed and pop-corn-ish. It also had a few errors or oversights that could lead to wrong ideas about he universe and our solar system. I think the book needs updated.