Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Review: Astronomy Activity Book for Kids by Aurora Lipper

 Only two more days until New Year's Eve and my end of the year wrap-up. So, I'm ending 2021 with meaning and excitement. 

Today's review hits the world of astronomy and puzzles! As a kid, I adored activity books...actually, I still do (growing up is over-rated).  Since this one is also thick at 160 pages...something that would make my kid-heart flutter, I had to pick it up. 

Ready to reach into space and beyond?

100+ Fun Ways to Learn About Space and Stargazing
by Aurora Lipper 
Illustrated by Victoria Stebleva
Z Kids
Childrens Non-Fiction / Activity
160 pages
ages 5 to 7

Explore planets, stars, and constellations with this "out of this world" educational activity book for kids ages 5-7

Space is awesome, and we can explore a lot of it from right here on Earth using our eyes, binoculars, and telescopes. In this interactive activity book, kids ages 5-7 get to be astronomers! Former NASA scientist Aurora Lipper leads an exciting journey through space, beginning with a tour of the planets and moons in our solar system. Next, kids visit the constellations and then zoom through the far reaches of the Milky Way galaxy. Along the way, they'll find amazing facts about the starry skies and get to color and draw, connect dots, find hidden objects, and have fun with word puzzles while improving math and reading skills.

Astronomy Activity Book for Kids features:

90+ educational activities: On-page games and cool facts about space allow for fun, independent learning
Simple stargazing projects: Learn how to find the Big Dipper, view meteor showers, and more with just the eyes, binoculars, or a small telescope
Easy and exciting to read: Beautiful space illustrations and simple explanations written for early readers



If your young reader loves, loves, loves puzzles, activities, mazes and more, this book will have them smiling from ear to ear.

The title says it all because basically every page holds something about astronomy and is accompanied by a puzzle. Accompanied is probably not the right word, since the activities do reign on every page. The astronomy tidbits flow along on the side and give the activities a direction, while also teaching basic terms and ideas surrounding our universe. The text can be read by those very sure of their words, but many will need someone there to help out, since there is new terminology, terms and such that young readers might struggle with. But that's the point of this book—to teach about astronomy amongst the fun.

At over 160 pages, this is a whomping activity book, and what I found especially delightful is that every page is brightly and even lovingly illustrated. The characters and scenes allow the facts and mysteries of astronomy to unfold and make sense, but they also carry joy and a playful atmosphere, which is inviting. Every page is different, and each activity offers something new from mazes to word connecting and beyond.

The information hits a wide range. While there are some more exact facts, this book is more centered on giving a broad scope of what astronomy holds. Moon phases, star constellations, and so much more are addressed with correct terms. The theories, reasoning, aspects, and influences are shortly explained as well. But nothing ever goes into much detail...just enough to awaken awareness and inspire curiosity. It's great to open young minds to the realm of astronomy, one that young readers will enjoy and even pick up a few facts along the way.

So, yes, I do recommend this one.

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