From the Set 21st Century Skills Innovation Library
Who was the first man to walk on the moon? Who developed the space shuttle? Will man ever land on mars? Find the answers to these questions and more when you take a look at space travel from a new perspective.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|ATOS Reading Level||6.2|
|Guided Reading Level|
|Publisher||Cherry Lake Publishing|
|Available Formats||Reinforced book (9781602792326), PDF (9781602793811), ePub (9781631881732), Hosted ebook (9781602793811H), Kindle (9781624319778)|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||7.5 x 9.5|
School Library Journal
This utilitarian series describes innovations in eight means of transportation as well as their current uses. Each volume features a concise history of its topic, covers current issues and developments and the future outlook, and includes brief biographies of significant people. Both genders and minorities are represented, and up-to-date concerns, such as fuel efficiency and pollution, are included. Most readable are the volumes by Franchino and Marsico; however, there is a formulaic quality to the writing, caused, for example, by repeated mentions of the value of teamwork. A couple of minor errors crop up, and Masters demonstrates an annoying habit of quoting Wilbur Wright’s thoughts. Good color photos generally contribute to the texts but have a tendency to be small, making it difficult to pick out the details they are meant to convey. Bold color choices in the page design sometimes cross the line into garish, as in green highlights on a purple background. Still, the series often provides a view of some compelling developments, such as high-speed rail, future trucks, and container ships, and it benefits from inherent interest in the topic.
Author: James M. Flammang
James M. Flammang is a journalist and the author of two dozen books. He writes about technology, business, and consumer issues. His specialties have ranged from cars to electronic gadgets to computers. Because of his interest in ideas that affect people‘s lives, and in the people who develop big ideas, Flammang enjoyed researching the lives of the two founders of Google. This is his third book for young readers. Flammang lives in Chicago, but travels extensively for both business and pleasure. His own Web site, Tirekicking Today, has been at www.tirekick.com since 1995.
- Space Travel
- Advancing Technology
- Space and Business
- The Future of Space Travel
- Famous Innovators
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