Space Race - The Story of Space Exploration - review

This week we have been using an augmented reality book, Space Race published by Carlton Books, to discover more about Space Exploration. This cool interactive book has been a fun way to learn all about Space exploration as the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing approaches. We downloaded the free app on our tablet in order to bring the book to life, replaying History at the touch of a screen as they read through the book. The kiddies also got to see spacecraft models in 3D as they leapt off the pages using the app. Check out our short clips here and here.


'This richly illustrated, immersive experience tells the awe-inspiring story of space exploration, looking back in time to the first satellites that were sent into orbit and forward to future missions to Mars. Photographic features highlight key spacecraft such as Vostock 1, the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope.'


'Download the free app to bring space exploration to life like no other book. See the Apollo 11 lunar module, the ISS Space Station and the Curiosity Mars rover in close-up 3D, and watch the book come to life when video clips of NASA footage play 'on the page' when viewed through your smartphone or tablet.'


Space Race features detailed illustrations, captivating annotated photographs and colourful information which is chunked up into simple sections to explain the science behind each mission. The book is broken up into 6 chapters covering topics such as The Moon in View and Probing the Planets. 


Recommended for age 8+ my three boys aged 7, 9 and 12 were all keen to read and learn about the Spacecrafts. The free app feature was definitely a hit as they all wanted to take turns viewing Space footage and reading the fact files to discover the length and weights of the different modules which made up the Apollo.

DS9 says, 'I really enjoyed watching the videos, it was exciting to discover the videos on different pages of the book. I also liked reading about Spacewalking.'

DS7 says, 'My favourite part of the book is being able to view the 3D models. It looked like they were really in the room.'



So it's a thumbs up from the kiddies, they are really enjoying using this book to learn and explore more about Space, Space stations and Spacecraft! We think this book is great for children to discover more about Space or as part of a Space project in your Home Ed classroom. It's packed with all the information you need to answer questions the kiddies ask about Space and they are sure to learn lots of new fascinating facts. 


We are teaming up with Carlton Books this week to run a giveaway over on Instagram here where you could get your hands on a copy of this book! 


If you would like to purchase a copy then please head over to the Carlton Books website here for further info!


Disclaimer: This book was sent to us in order to review and all opinions are our own. 



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