50 Animals That Have Been to Space

From the Series Beginner's Guide to Space

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Since the early days of flight, animals have helped researchers learn how to survive in the sky, and their role continues as humanity voyages into outer space. In 1783, a rooster, a duck, and a sheep were placed in a basket attached to the first hot-air balloon. In the age of rockets and space travel, many more animals have traveled into orbit, and most have returned safely to earth.

This book tells the stories of 50 trips into space, and the animals and the scientists involved. An appealing introduction to space exploration, this book encourages young readers to engage in real science.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Browseable Nonfiction, Animals, STEM, STEM: Space Science
Copyright 2020
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Formac
Language English
Number of Pages 88
Publication Date 2020-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051040, JNF051150, JNF051010
Dewey 520
Dimensions 8.5 x 8.5
Lexile 1110
Features Reviewed and Starred Reviews

Author: Jennifer Read

Jennifer Read has a passion for animals that led her to an internship with American Humane's Film and Television Unit. There she worked on movie sets with wolves, horses, and many other animals.

Author: John A. Read

John A. Read is a telescope operator at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory, and sits on the board of directors at the Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.


Kirkus Reviews

“. . . [A] generally triumphant tally of liftoffs, landings, and scientific insights.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“A fascinating, compact look at how a variety of creatures informed scientists’ knowledge of space travel’s potential impact on human bodies—once started, it’s difficult to put down.”—starred, School Library Journal