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Rocket Science for Babies (Baby University) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-09 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1492656259
LANGUAGE:English

"In this first title of a series intended to foster an interest in science, this board book explains the basic concepts of rocket science. While readers will by no means be rocket scientists after reading the book, they will understand the importance of shape, lift, and thrust in making an object move. Now it's easier to be less mystified by an airplane's ascent into the sky from the landing field. I can just picture nervous passengers being soothed by reading this book. Perhaps airlines should consider stocking these books in the pockets in front of passengers' seats. This would be a great title to include in a science classroom library. The simple drawings are uncluttered and easy to understand with text that explains those concepts concisely. " said.

"We received review copies of four titles in the Baby University series by Chris Ferrie: Rocket Science for Babies, General Relativity for Babies, Quantum Physics for Babies, and Newtonian Physics for Babies. Though the titles suggest they are for babies, I was hoping for basic science titles for Miss Muffet, who tends to enjoy nonfiction and scientific principles. The images from the books that I saw prior to receiving the books looked so promising, but I have to admit to being disappointed by the titles themselves. While they work fine for introducing unfamiliar vocabulary to babies (something Every Child Ready to Read is all about), neither of my kids understood a word of any of the books. When I asked Miss Muffet what the books were about, she said, "Circles?" (Dots are used throughout the books to illustrate different concepts. Miss Muffet did not pick this up.) I think the only concept she grasped was gravity, and that was because we'd just read a Let's Read and Find Out About Science book called Gravity is a Mystery.

I so wanted these to be more than novelty books, even if they weren't exactly suitable for babies, but the concepts are really just too complicated for early childhood, at least in the way they are presented here. These would be fun gag gifts for new parents who work in science fields, but otherwise, despite being visually very appealing, they're not worth buying for little kids.

This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.
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" Would be more appropriately titled as Rocket Science for Preschoolers and put into easy reader format. " said.

" Maybe if my parent’s would have read me “Rocket Science for Babies” I’d have done better in science class. Even I understood it! " said.

" Maybe not QUITE for babies, but definitely my level, lol. I don't know how well it would work for young children, but kids grasp things better than adults know and with repetition, there can be that "aha" moment when it all clicks together. I mean, how many times did Newton see stuff fall to the ground before he made his discovery? This with other science-y books wouldn't hurt I think. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4, because bully for not treating children like idiots! " said.

" Maybe if my parent’s would have read me “Rocket Science for Babies” I’d have done better in science class. Even I understood it! " said.

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