Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Review: Gary's Garden

GARY’S GARDEN by Gary Northfield is a humorous graphic book for children featuring the fascinating creatures that live in the backyard.
From worms and caterpillars to birds and spiders, Gary’s backyard is filled with interesting animals, insects, and other critters. Each short chapter tells an engaging short story featuring new and different creatures.
The book’s sequential art and comic format will appeal to both younger as well as older children. The silly stories and goofy characters will keep even reluctant readers engaged.
Librarians will find this book to be very popular with a broad spectrum of children. The book concludes with dozens of character cards featuring the book’s characters. Use these cards to encourage children to write their own short, illustrated stories.
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Published by David Fickling Books, an imprint of Scholastic on June 28, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.

Technology Review: NASA's Eyes

NASA’S EYES is a website and apps that can be used to explore Earth, the solar system, and the universe along with the spacecraft used for exploration.
While some of the interactives are browser-based, others require the NASA’s Eyes app.
Interactive visualizations include Juno, Eyes on the Earth, Eyes on the Solar System, and Eyes on Exoplanets. Solar system tours are also available.
The Events on Earth section explores recent events on our own planet including dust storms, fires, and hurricanes using satellite imagery.
DSN Now is a live web app that allows users to see which spacecrafts are currently active.
Finally, Experience Curiosity is a WebGL experience that allows users to learn about the Curiosity rover as it explores Mars.
Librarians will find this website a great way to get young people excited about space and space exploration. Use the website and apps to jumpstart research projects.
To visit the website, go to