Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Looking Up: An Illustrated Guide to Telescopes by Jacob Kramer & illustrated by Stephanie Scholz

Looking Up is an absolutely wonderful non-fiction book about the history and science of telescopes. It is packed full of information showing readers how people have learned to use light to magnify things around them. From other objects on earth to the moon to far off planets, telescopes bring the unknown closer.

For hundreds of thousands of years, people have looked into the sky and wondered. Looking Up explores this wondering by looking back in time over 400 years and looking into the distance, revealing what telescopes can show us. Comparisons to the lenses in our eyes as well as concepts such as ultraviolet light and radio light challenge readers and take them to a new level of understanding.

Significant people involved in the evolution of telescopes are highlighted. Readers learn more about Galileo Galilei and Sir Isaac Newton (who happens to be my cousin so we’re always excited when he crops up in books!) as well as their incredible inventions. The international effort of scientific discovery is celebrated through information about a range of important telescopes: the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, the VISTA telescope in Chile, the ALMA in the Atacama Desert, and the James Webb Space Telescope.

Filled with bright, bold illustrations, this book is perfect for young scientists at home and at school. The high level of information is incredibly respectful of children’s thirst for knowledge and desire to know specifics about technology and its development.

Thank you to Flying Eye Books for this amazing book!

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