Written by CAP Saucier
From the first night he could see the stars from the roof of his Bronx apartment building, science has attracted Neil deGrasse Tyson. In this new book – part biography and part astronomy – Saucier follows Tyson from that early fascination to his status as one of the most respected scientists in the world. The result is a good representation of Tyson’s view of the universe. The author starts with a wide view of the universe and the Big Bang. The reader then learns about constellations, galaxies and how they were formed, black holes, stars, comets, different types of planets, moons, and asteroids. Along the way, the reader also hears about dark matter, dark energy, and space dust. Saucier includes Tyson’s hopes for the future of space travel and exploration and about the importance of all this knowledge to the human condition. The writer also incorporates enough details of Tyson’s life to give a sense of the man behind the science.
Most two-page spreads are highlighted by wonderful photographs of nebulae, galaxies, and planets. Kids will be drawn in by the colorful layout.
This is a very good beginning introduction for third grade and above. There is enough explanation to give kids a sense of the topics, but it leaves the reader to dig deeper. And it creates enough excitement to ensure that will happen.
- Title: Explore the Cosmos like Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Space Science Journey
- Author: CAP Saucier
- Publisher: Prometheus Books, March 3, 2015
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Paperback, 177 pages
- Grade Level: 3 to 7
- Genre: Nonfiction, biography, astronomy
- ISBN: 978-1-63388-014-6
- Extras: Table of contents, notes, glossary, bibliography, index, many full-color photographs and illustrations