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How Big is the Milky Way?
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How Big is the Milky Way?

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Publisher: Parent-Child Press
Author: Aline Wolfe
Illustrator: Joe Servello

List Price: $6.00, In set of 6 titles: $30

Ages: 6-8 Years

Reviewed By: Robin McDonald

This title, my favorite in Parent Child Press' Cosmic Wonder Series, asks questions like "How much is a billion? I want to know." The answer explains the billions of stars by comparing stars to golden beads that are linked together, going "about the distance from Planet Earth to the Moon and back again." All of the information is explained in simple terms, with text on the left side of the booklet and simple, hand-drawn illustrations on the right side. "I Wonder!" is the exclamation that ends every book, helping to pique a child's curiosity to learn more.

These are excellent choices for younger children, or for the older child who is at a more basic reading level. They are small (5-1/2 x 5-1/2), books made of recycled cardstock with strong spiral binding and fit nicely into a purse or backpack, ready when needed. Each book offers simple explanations for what could be considered difficult astronomical topics. I found them especially helpful with my dyslexic son, who understands concepts more from looking at the drawings than reading the text.

Other Series Titles:
I Look "Out" at the Stars
I Live in the Universe
I Know What Gravity Does
I Know the Sun Does Not "Set"
I Travel on Planet Earth

Be forewarned that when you start teaching your children astronomy, some of the most useful books may assume the lack of intelligent design in the creation of the universe. I did not notice anything in this book that disagrees with creationism, however. It is written from a more practical geographical standpoint. If you believe from a creationist standpoint, you may want to review the content more closely to your own satisfaction, and augment the lesson plans with lessons and/or books from a creationist point of view.
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Available From: Parent-Child Press
Address: PO Box 675, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Phone: 866.727.3683
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Robin McDonald
Robin McDonald is a mom who actually does Windows, since she used to work at Microsoft! Robin resigned from her full-time writing job to homeschool her children. She freelances, and teaches art and writing classes.
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