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Space Maps

Written by Lara Albanese

Illustrated by Tommaso Vidus Rosin

Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3 General Non-Fiction Reference Books Space Science

LoveReading View on Space Maps

An eye-opening journey through space

Your Tour of the Universe

Armed with the maps in this large-format, attractively illustrated book, young readers can embark on a tour of our solar system, discovering a wealth of information along the way. It opens with a series of maps of the night skies, demonstrating how their appearance differs depending on where the viewer is, and at what time. It also provides an equatorial map of the sky and illustrates the way different cultures mapped what they could see, comparing the outline created by the ancient Greeks with that drawn up by those in ancient China and the San in South Africa too. Thoroughly inspired, their interest piqued, readers can then explore the Milky Way, the sun and the planets in our solar system and even go beyond that, with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope.  Some of the most fascinating and beautiful pages provide close ups of the Large Magellanic Cloud and the Crab Nebula, Tommaso Vidus Rosin’s illustrations photographic in their detail but rich too with a sense of awe and wonder. It concludes with a section on humans in space, from first steps on the moon to the International Space Station. Perhaps some of the young people who will read and be inspired by this mind-expanding book will be travellers in space one day too.

Andrea Reece

Space Maps Synopsis

Are you ready to begin your journey through space? Then all you have to do is look up into the night sky. What can you see? Marvel at the twinkling stars, and the constellations that they make.

Learn about what different cultures call each shape and what the patterns means to them. Then get ready to venture farther - out into the solar system and past what the naked eye can see.

Hop from planet to planet and discover what makes Earth different, or similar, to its celestial neighbours. 

Space Maps Press Reviews

With fully accessible chunks of fun and fascinating facts from physicist and children's author Lara Albanese, and a gallery of Tommaso Vidus Rosin's eye-catching illustrations to marvel at, there is a whole wide universe out there with secrets and mysteries to solve so grab your telescope and head for the stars! - Lancashire Post

Large and detailed illustrations guide the reader through their space journey, with each new page devoted to a thoroughly detailed labelled map or diagram ... An extravagantly large and vibrant compendium for budding astronomers and knowledge-hungry scientists in upper KS2, this impressive non-fiction book takes young readers to infinity and beyond as they marvel at the vastness of the universe. - Books for Topics

Planets, moons, stars, galaxies, black holes and nebulae, the universe is a BIG place and this is where SPACE MAPS comes in. This collection of 24 maps will take you wherever you want to go. Scattered with bite sized pieces of information written by Lara Albanese and supported by engaging illustrations by Tommaso Vidus Rosin. - @picturebooks, Instagram blog

This truly is the space book to end space books! Anyone studying Space with their UKS2 class needs this book in their classroom. Actually, scrap that, every KS2 classroom needs this. It'll be one of the first books off the shelf every time! - Mister Bodd

This has gained considerable attention on social media and with good reason. A large hardback volume, this is to be savoured and enjoyed. From maps of the stars, galaxies, planets and space exploration, this book has everything a young space enthusiast could ever want. Filled with incredible illustrations and fascinating facts, this will fill hearts and minds with all things space! I spent days within the pages and still feel as though I need more time. A perfect gift book! - My Shelves are Full

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912920556
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: Lara Albanese
Illustrator: Tommaso Vidus Rosin
Publisher: What on Earth Books an imprint of What on Earth Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 96 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
Topics: General Non-Fiction, Reference Books, Space, Science

About Lara Albanese

Lara Albanese is a physicist, with a MBA in the Science and Technology of Matter. In addition to writing children's books, she teaches, writes scientific papers, and works with the Astrophysical Observatory of Arcetri in Florence, Italy.

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