The wonderful world of Brainy Science explores STEM ideas and concepts in an age appropriate way for children aged four and up. In this edition it is to time blast off into space as award-winning physicist, mathematician and author, Chris Ferrie, helps young minds get to grips with rocket science.
It takes a lot to send a rocket into space. Scientists, mathematicians and aerospace engineers must understand thrust and lift, wings and tails, air flow, forces and gravity. Get all of these things working together and you can achieve marvellous things. Maybe even send a rocket to the moon…
Little children can become big thinkers thanks to this fun series that is written for kids who want to know how stuff works, especially young scientists and the inquisitive minded. Using concrete examples that children can relate to and gradually introducing the big ideas that propel a rocket to the moon, Ferrie simply explains aerodynamics and proves that complex things can be explained simply and that you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand the basic principles of rocket science.
Colourful illustrations with clear arrows to show air movement, accessible and repetitive vocabulary, and concise sentences make for an easy and enjoyable reading experience. I loved the inclusion of Katherine Johnson on the very first page, a name and face that should always be included whenever rockets are being talked about.
Recommended for 4+.
With huge thanks to NewSouth and Sourcebooks for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.