The Space Book

by Michelle M.


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The Space Book by Jim BellWe are into space around here.  Like wayyyyyyy into space.  And by “we” I mean Mister Man who has a healthy fascination with all things in our solar system and beyond.  When I showed him The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy by Jim Bell, his eyes went wide.

Every page in this over 500 page tome covers a bit of history or discovery about space in a timeline from the Big Bang 13.7 billion BCE to”The End of Time” when the universe will end, admittedly unknown.  Each opposing page has a beautiful illustration to demonstrate the point being made on the page, making it more approachable than the textbook it could otherwise feel like.

As a non-space geek, I appreciate that each moment in time is limited to a single page.  While it distills some important facts too much for experts, I’m sure, it allows the book to cover a great breadth of information without losing readers to detailed descriptions and information that goes over their heads.  Instead, it is  summary, often with footnotes linking the information on that page to other moments in time in the book that are related.

It is beautifully put together with the year in large print on the side column, the main idea at the top, and scientists who made the discovery of that phenomenon just below.  Have a question about the rings of Saturn?  Simply turn to the index, and you’ll find all the places in history where various facts were discovered from the observations of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, to the composition of the multiple rings of Saturn.

The book is fascinating, even for someone who is admittedly not a space person (me).  For my son who is the one leading the classroom discussions during the space unit, the book is a magnet.  He will sit down and pore through it, randomly calling out facts and things he’s learned.  It’s helping to fuel his love of space even more, and I have no issues with that.  In fact, he’s wanting to explore other books about space referenced in The Space Book to learn more about some of the topics he’s discovering.

As beautiful as this is, this would make a great gift (Father’s Day??) for anyone who has a remote interest in space.  It is simple enough that my third grader can read it and get into it (he does have a high reading level though), but it’s complex and diverse enough that an adult can also easily get lost in it.

We have a copy of The Space Book to give away to one of you. Leave a comment if you’d like to win. The giveaway is closed.

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Written by Michelle who sadly has no interest in space or dinosaurs, much to Mister Man’s chagrin.  See how she makes up for it and manages to still be a good parent on her blog Honest & Truly! or follow along with her on Twitter where she is also @HonestAndTruly.

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Michelle is a freelance writer who is happy to not have a commute but still misses her marketing and product development jobs. She keeps busy with her 7 and 9 year old children, who fortunately love to read as much as she does. When she isn't reading or cooking - or doing laundry - you can find her on her blog Honest & Truly! or on Twitter as @Honest AndTruly.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz June 1, 2013 at 11:29 am

“As a non-space geek” sums me up, but you give me hope of some understanding. Thanks.


2 ellie June 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

This book sounds excellent for the men in my life.


3 pearl June 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

What a great giveaway. Fascinating and fun.


4 Marjorie June 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm

This book is just fantastic and I would love to win it for a very special person in my life.


5 Jennifer June 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm

You won! Please reply to this email so that I can have them send you the book.


6 Cindi June 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm

My 94 year old dad has always had a fascination
with space!
Please count me in…
Many thanks, Cindi


7 Cindy Brooks June 2, 2013 at 2:22 am

I’m putting this on my must have list! Everyone is our home is fascinated by space and astronomy!
someluckydog at gmail dot com


8 Neen June 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I wish that popular culture would take more notice of space. We are still exploring it, after all, but there is a vacuum (pun intended) when it comes to coverage in the media. I hope this book becomes a best seller. Please add my name to the drawing, I would love a copy!


9 John June 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I’d like to win for my son.


10 Natalia June 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm

My son is interested in space and stars. Great book!


11 Angel S. June 2, 2013 at 11:16 pm

A great summer read!!!


12 Carol M June 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

I would love to win this for my grandchildren! Thank you!


13 Anita Yancey June 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

Sounds like a very interesting book. I would love to learn more about space.


14 nannypanpan June 8, 2013 at 10:15 pm

my husband loves space books


15 Cindi June 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm

The three men in my life would all enjoy
this book!
My husband and our two sons…
Many thanks, Cindi


16 Linda Kish June 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm

My son would love this book.


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