Sunday, April 15, 2018

~ MMGM STEAM Feature Impact: Asteroids ~

~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY S.T.E.A.M. FEATURE ~ 
--  'IMPACT! ASTEROIDS AND THE
SCIENCE OF SAVING THE WORLD'
WRITTEN BY:  ELIZABETH RUSCH
PHOTOS BY:  KARIN ANDERSON --



ABOUT THE BOOK {from Goodreads}: 
Asteroids bombard our atmosphere all the time. Some are harmless, burning up in a flash of light. But others explode with a great sonic boom, smashing windows and throwing people to the ground. Worst of all, some asteroids strike our planet, blasting out massive craters and destroying everything nearby on impact.
Follow the award-winning author Elizabeth Rusch into the field with scientists as they search for dangerous asteroids in space, study asteroids that have smashed into the ground, and make plans to prevent an asteroid strike if one ever threatens our planet.

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR {from Goodreads}: 
ELIZABETH RUSCH is an award-winning book author, magazine writer, editor, writing teacher and speaker. Her wide-ranging passions include astronomy, volcanology, art, music, history, nature, waves, jokes, crayons, and mud — anything that catches her fancy. She is inspired by stories of exploration and discovery, stories that have been overlooked by history, and stories that grapple with persistent questions. Whether writing fiction or nonfiction for children or adults or teaching workshops, she hopes her work opens doors, opens minds, opens possibilities. 

MY REVIEW:
Besides oceanography, my favorite area of science to study when I was a middle-grade student was astronomy. My love for space is what prompted me to pick up this new book from the non-fiction shelves at the local public library.


The photographs and diagrams in this book are awesome! I learned so much about asteroids just by studying the photos and diagrams. They are detailed and colorful, and I felt as if they were a nice size for middle-grade readers.
 

The author has done a fantastic job of presenting complicated information in a reader-friendly manner. She shares some text from interviews she conducted with a geologist who studies craters and rock formations along with a NASA research scientist who is the curator of space rocks for NASA. There is also a passage about an astronomer who uses computers and high-powered telescopes to identify asteroids traveling through space. I feel this engaging material will be meaningful for young readers.

The enthusiasm these scientists exhibit and the excitement that comes through when they share about their various discoveries is a great example for middle-grade readers, I believe. It shows real-life examples of people who have followed their childhood passions when chosing what to study in college so they could attain work in their 'dream' career. It gives students hope that their future jobs don't have to be filled with drudgery. The individuals in this book are role models for youngsters interested in S.T.E.A.M. careers!

The back matter in the book includes a 'What You Can Do!' section which encourages youngsters to discover and track an asteroid, spot a fireball, and collect meteorites. There is a 'Learn More About Asteroids and Meteorites' section which includes print and online resources. The Glossary, which I wisely reviewed before I began reading the book, is thorough.

There is so much to like about this book! Highly-recommended for S.T.E.A.M. educators, parents/grandparents, middle-grade and higher grade students, and adults like me who enjoy reading about astronomy.


I borrowed a copy of this book from our local public library.
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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':  
-- Tuesday, April 17th: 'Julie' by Author Catherine Marshall. Book Blitz Tour hosted by JustRead Publicity. Includes a book spotlight, excerpt, and giveaway!
 

-- Wednesday, April 18th: 'Better With You' by Author Rachel John. Promo Post hosted by I Am A Reader. Includes a giveaway!
 

-- Thursday, April 19th: 'Whitcomb Springs' Trio April Blast with $50 Giveaway. Promo hosted by I Am A Reader.
 

-- Friday, April 20th: 'The Burnheart Redemption' Book Spotlight and Snippet. Hosted by SLB Tours.
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12 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book for kids who like astronomy, and I love that there's a section on what kids can do now with what they are learning.

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Natalie. I thought the section you're referring to was clever and unique. Sincerely, June

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  2. There are a lot of astronomy books out recently and this one sounds very compelling. Thanks for sharing and I will look for it on my next library visit.

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    1. Hi, Greg: I thought the way the author approached the subject matter made the information very engaging for kids of all ages! Hope you enjoy the book. Best, June

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  3. It all sounds fascinating. I like the idea of the "What You Can Do" section. Thanks for the review of another great non-fiction for kids. I think I'd learn a lot from reading it.

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    1. Greetings ~ You're welcome. I definitely learned a lot about asteroids that I didn't remember learning in my university astronomy class years ago. Thanks, June

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  4. This book sounds like a winner for budding scientists. I like how you describe the enthusiasm of those working in the field, which have an impact on those looking to the stars. Asteroids are of interest to so many people of all ages.

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    1. Hello, Patricia ~ I was really moved by the passion these scientists exhibited for their subject matter and careers. It was heartening to read their accounts of various experiments, expeditions, and discoveries. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Sincerely, June

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  5. Boys like big explosions and what could be bigger and better than an asteroid hitting the earth? Definitely going to see if we have this one!

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  6. Thanks for stopping by the blog today, Carl. I learned just how big and dangerous asteroids can be when I read this book. Wow--talk about power! Sincerely, June

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  7. I loved this book too. Glad to see the word getting out there about this one. It deserves attention.

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    1. Hi, Rosi: I agree with you that this title deserves some attention. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Best, June

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