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How Do Satellites Stay in Space?: A Book About How Satellites Work

Flowerpot. (How Do?). Sept. 2022. 32p. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781486722778.
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Gr 2-5–For young readers with lots of questions about satellites, this book has many of the answers. Taylor responds to an imaginary reader with thorough replies scaled to inform but not overwhelm or discourage. Bassani’s illustrations are styled like a notebook and paper-collage pages. Detailed and fun, the artwork creates playful visuals to the questions Taylor poses. In response to “How do scientists fix satellites? Do they send space handy workers?” Bassani provides a literal interpretation of workers floating in space, fixing a satellite. The text explains why that scenario wouldn’t work and how scientists do actually service satellites. This sort of engagement between the text and the artwork might encourage young readers to ask even more questions—even questions that seem silly!
VERDICT In very few pages, author and illustrator collaborate to encourage children to pursue answers, no matter how trivial, and have fun while doing it. For larger collections.

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