The presence of Tommy, whose Uncle Bill is an astronaut, on this space center tour represents a limp bid for reader...

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I KNOW AN ASTRONAUT

The presence of Tommy, whose Uncle Bill is an astronaut, on this space center tour represents a limp bid for reader identification, and the entire visit is both visually and verbally less stimulating than Branley and Kessler's Book of Astronauts For You (1963). But in spite of his antiseptic appearance, Uncle Bill takes his teaching seriously, and in a few pages Tommy has been introduced to about twenty bold face vocabulary words -- from reentry and centrifuge to flotation collar -- with a few concepts like gravity and the rocket thrown in for good measure. Kids will probably have picked up the jargon from watching TV, but learning to recognize the same words in print should be good reinforcement.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1972

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Publisher: Putnam

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1972