Reviewed by Martha Svatek
Retired Science Teacher
We are part of an amazing universe. As scientists we ask questions and seek answers in at attempt to understand how we are related to galaxies, planets, and stars. Because more than ninety percent of the universe is invisible, it is easy to understand why astronomers will continue to explore space to learn more about topics such as dead stars, dark energy, brown dwarfs, and strange particles.
The Universe Rocks is a series of four books that present the recent research of astronomers. The flowing text in each book is readable and informative. On each page, two or three brief paragraphs are surrounded by colorful illustrations. Each book includes creative, hands–on experiments using easy–to–find materials. For example, after describing the Big Bang, a sudden explosion that most astronomers believe started the expansion of the universe, the author shows how to make a timeline of the universe. The Planets and Beyond then describes how planets were made and how astronomers discovered that other stars also have planets surrounding them. Stars and the Dust from Space includes a fun activity using a tennis ball and table tennis ball to explore supernova blast waves. A balloon and marker will help students understand the expanding universe and are found in this book, Galaxies and the Runaway Universe. Spacecraft and the Journey into Space describes how scientists explore the universe and includes the fun balloon rocket experiment.
Each book has a glossary explaining bold words found in the text. "Top Ten Facts" and a list of websites are also included. The facts and theories of astronomers fill the books with fascinating and informative material. This series will provide the reader with an understanding of the universe in which we live. While providing many answers to questions, these books will also stimulate further inquiry about space.
Review posted on 8/23/2012