Monday, August 29, 2016

Space Encyclopedia and The Old West

Written and illustrated by David A. Aguilar (accompanied by full-color photos). National Geographic Kids' Space Encyclopedia gives kids (and adults) a first-hand look at our fascinating universe.

Beginning with what we know about the universe the book then gives us a tour of our solar system, a journey to the stars and beyond, explores if we are alone in the universe and delves into the dreams of tomorrow.

Beginning with the Big Bang readers soon explore the missing universe, travel to other solar systems,, experience space weather, explore our sun and planets, stand in awe of the immensity of the Milky Way, view history in the skies and explore the who, what, where, when and how of the universe.

The book is written so that it is easy to understand, color photos and art bring the planets, stars and galaxies to life and succeeds in opening the entire vista of the universe to anxious and hungry minds.

America's Wild, Wild West has always fascinated people here in the U.S. and around the world.

Wagon trains, outlaws, lawmen, the Gold Rush, the Western Expansion, saloons, gunslingers, the railroads, the Pony Express-all have been portrayed in countless movies, books and TV series.

The Old West was set in the time when America was expanding its borders.  Pioneer explorers and settlers were traveling the wild plains, plateaus, valleys, rivers, lakes and mountains of the unexplored Western regions.  Many flourished and many died.

Immigrates from all over the globe flocked to the U.S. to start a new lives.  Many were met with open arms, others were ostracized and taken advantage of.

In The Old West, by Stephen G. Hyslop, readers take part in the great Western Expansion, fight in the Mexican War and get gold fever in the Gold Rush, take part in the war between the states, fight Native Americans for domination of the Great Plains, discover what it was like when law and order finally arrived in the West and watch as the last frontiers are conquered.

Archival photos, drawings, paintings, maps, charts, letters and documents coupled with new photos of Western gear, weapons and everyday items for living bring the Old West alive.

Strap on your six-shooter, dust off your britches, don your hat, slip on your boots, pack up your vittles and gears and get ready to saddle up as you set off to explore the Old West.