Friday, April 21, 2023

Today's read... Build Your Own Space Museum by Claudia Martin

I was excited to discover to today's read! Not only is space a happily seen theme in our household but activities are a definite treat. Even my husband went giddy when he saw this book on the kitchen counter. So, I'll just dive in and let you know how...and works.

by Claudia Martin
Illustrated by Mike Love
Lonely Planet Kids
Children's Nonfiction  /   Activity
23 pages
ages 6 to 8

You have received a crate of rare space objects from around the world, and it's up to you to place them in the correct rooms! Follow the instructions to create five amazing pop-ups and assemble the objects in exhibitions throughout the museum. From Mars rovers to Moon rockets, this hand-on book combines STEAM and creativity in a fun-packed package.


Not only space fans will enjoy the goodness packed into these pages as it lures in with facts, interesting illustrations, and constructions on every other page.

It's off to space and beyond in this colorful, fact-packed read, which allows readers to pretend that they're in a museum...and build their own displays in the process. When opening the cover, the reader immediately discovers a giant flap with a note on it, which explains that the exhibits are inside. These are various space objects (from planets to ships and more), which are to be punched out and used to construct the displays on the correct pages. There is a detailed and illustrated two-page description on how this is done to make sure everything is clearly understood. It's straight-forward and really not overly difficult.

Each two-page spread symbolizes a museum room and rotates around a certain theme. This is broken down into boxes with titles and facts. Everything from themes such as 'Where is Space?' to planet facts to space capsules is explored, each with interesting tidbits, which aren't found in the usual science classes at school. The breakdown invites the reader to return time and again, and visit the sections however they'd like. At the end, there is a page with questions so readers can see if they remember some of the details. 

Everything about this book screams space fun. The self-construction of pop-ups works very well, and while taking a little finger finesse, isn't overly difficult. The pop-ups do need to be handled with a little care when reading the book after they've been constructed. But then, a drop of glue in the slots goes a long way to make sure they don't slide out with use. Each page radiates excitement for the topic with clear illustrations. The text is kept short for each topic (although it is quite a bit for each room), sliding in a couple of facts and fun. The vocabulary does hit the lower end of the  middle grade level. So readers need to be sure of their words.

This one makes a great present, for homeschooling, or for space and construction fans.

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