StarTalk (Young Reader’s Edition)
With Neil deGrasse Tyson
Publisher: National Geographic, 2017
You might already be familiar with the StarTalk radio or TV broadcasts. If so, you will already have an idea of what to expect. If not, this book will be a good introduction.
If your expectation is that this is a book solely about space, you’ll be disappointed. Section One is about space with topics ranging from what Mars is like, what a wormhole really is, and where comets come from.
Section Two, however, is titled Planet Earth. This unit looks at the question: how was Earth formed? It also investigates how space affects our planet. Here the book begins to delve into areas which, at first glance, might not seem related to space.
For example, readers will learn about the water cycle. So how does that relate to space? Well, scientists think that our planet’s water might have gotten here, at least in part, from comets. (Read pages 90-91 for the full explanation.) And even though it is not technically “space information,” the book lists some very interesting facts about water. Did you know that it takes 700 gallons of water to produce every T-shirt manufactured in the United States? Or that household leaks lose at least 3 billion gallons per day? (pgs. 104-105)
Section Three is titled Being Human. This section is a bit more futuristic, exploring such topics as time travel and our interactions with aliens – and zombies. Once again, it brings up the thought-provoking question: What will our future really be like?
SpaceTalk opens our ideas of space in a very understandable and relatable manner. Readers will understand that Earth is more than a single “big blue marble” hung in space; it is an interconnected part of the whole universe.
*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.