Review! Astronaut – Aquanaut by Jennifer Swanson


I live on the east coast of the US and we had quite a winter storm last week. It wasn’t so much the snow but the wind wreaked havoc in our area. Roads around our area were closed for days (some still are) because of trees that were felled and the trees brought  down power lines with them. Anyway, I was knocked out of commission since last Wednesday and let me tell you – I have a new appreciation for indoor plumbing. I am now catching up on all my “missed work” so I will be posting multiple posts yesterday and today. 🙂

Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact
by Jennifer Swanson

Forwards by Fabien Cousteau (Aquanaut) and‎ Kathryn Sullivan (Astronaut)

Series: National Geographic Kids

Hardcover: 96 pages – ages 9+
Published by National Geographic Children’s Books on January 9, 2018

Synopsis by Publisher: Journey from the deepest trenches in the oceans to the farthest humans have ventured into space and learn what it takes to explore the extremes. You might just be surprised by how similar the domains of ASTRONAUTS and AQUANAUTS really are.

Space and the ocean. If you don’t think they go together, think again! Both deep-sea and space explorers have to worry about pressure, temperature, climate, and most importantly, how to survive in a remote and hostile environment. Join us on an amazing journey as we go up in space with astronauts and dive deep down in the ocean with aquanauts to explore the far-off places of our planet and the solar system.

With a strong tie into STEM topics–such as making connections, making comparisons, and recognizing patterns across content areas–readers will discover the amazing science and incredible innovations that allow humans (and sometimes only machines) to survive in these harsh environments

What I Thought: This is an amazing look into two totally fascinating frontiers! This fabulous non-fiction book immediately captivates the reader with the 2 forwards: one by Fabien Cousteau, an aquanaut and the other by Kathryn Sullivan, an astronaut. They explain how both the oceans and space are very much unexplored. Swanson then tactfully lays out similarities and differences between the two type of explorations. The book covers historical perspectives, the technology behind the machines and vehicles involved in the exploration, physical science, what it takes to be an astronaut/aquanaut and so much more. As with all National Geographic publications, the book is laid out in an eye-catching format with tons of pictures, fact boxes, illustrations and even experiments to try.

The book will be enjoyed by many ages. The pictures are spectacular, fact boxes make simple points and then the text delves even deeper. I was completely fascinated reading it and learned some new things!

I highly recommend this book if you are looking to read about real-life adventure!

Five out of five book worms! 

Categories: Age 12+, Age 9+

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2 replies

  1. Aquanaut! NO THANK YOU! Those folks must be aqua-NUTS! That’s too much like bath day for me.

    Love and licks,

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