Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Book Review: Visual Galaxy

Just so you know, I have a few more books from National Geographic to review soon so if you are looking for Christmas gift ideas for someone you hate to shop for, you can pick any one of these. That's the best part about National Geographic, we all know them and we know that they are the pinnacle of great so if someone sees these books- they are most certainly going to pick them up and get sucked in.
Visual Galaxy - National Geographic

This compelling visual journey through our galaxy combines more than 350 photographs, illustrations, and graphics to present the universe as you've never seen it before.

Galaxia is a deep dive into the past, present, and future of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. In this mind-expanding visual tour through the cosmos, spectacular photographs are converted into interpretive graphics, starting with the sun and moving outward into space where stars are born, black holes lurk, and planets of diverse size and anatomy spin through their orbit. The final chapters locate our galaxy within the known universe and add a scintillating peek of other exoplanets in the cosmos. Detailed maps and fascinating imagery from recent space missions are paired with clear, authoritative scientific information.

My favorite thing about National Geographic books is the quality and quantity of photos. I am the person that I really need to see a photo, illustration, something to give me a visual to what I'm reading non-fiction. I don't even need to tell you that this book, which comes in a little over 300 pages, is absolutely FULL of photos.

I'm going to tell you that if you are a teacher and you are doing a unit on space, this book is going to give students SO MUCH information and it doesn't even matter if its elementary school or high school (or beyond), any person who picks this up is going to learn something. Having worked at a school and having volunteered even more, I know that some student are reluctant readers, but if they like space you should absolutely set this in front of them.

When I was in elementary school we did a space unit every year and it was my favorite unit. I used to page through my science book until I found space stuff and that gave me kind of an idea of when we would do it and it never failed, it was always towards the end of the year. Of course this book is like the ultimate science unit, starting from the birth of the Milky Way to the eventual fusion with Andromeda (which is like... our neighbor galaxy, basically). Of course, we'll all be dead but it's still cool to learn about.

Just like in school, my favorite topic was the size of planets. I always have a hard time understanding how small Earth is compared to places like Jupiter and Saturn, but also Neptune (which I always liked because it's always shown as a blue planet and blue is my favorite color). Also, I'm making it known that even though this book says Pluto is a dwarf planet, I refuse to acknowledge that and it will always be a real planet to me. #TeamPluto

Not only did I love this book but my 14 and 11 year old did as well, and it was fun to have discussions about it. I highly, highly recommend this one if you are looking for Christmas gifts and have a space nut on your list or if you have someone you have no idea what to get them. You really can't help but pick a National Geographic book up and start going through it. 5 stars

A huge thank you to National Geographic for sending me this gorgeous book and TLC Book Tours for having me on this tour. This post contains affiliate links.

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