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Author: Voiland, Adam
Publisher: Wiseman, Paula
Year Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781481494281
Grades: Grades 7 to 12, K-6, Teacher Resource

ABCs from Space

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Have you ever wondered what the earth looks like from space?  
Discover an alphabet from space collected from space satellites which appear to identify alphabet letters on earth’s landforms. Similar to the Butterfly Alphabet which finds alphabet letters in the wings of butterflies, this book uses satellite imagery to locate alphabet letters on the earth’s surface from space.  The large, full-page photographs are created from valleys, waterways, forests, ship tracks, rock formations, clouds, storms, pipelines, cracked ice, and snow, from around the world.  A large map of the world at the back of the book shows where each image is located on earth.
Created by a NASA science writer,  additional information in the prologue and epilogue helps readers of all ages make more sense of this unusual book. An explanation of where each image was located, the date, the satellite used, and the use of false color or natural colour to see the image produced, will be appreciated by mature readers. The note to Parents and Teachers prior to the alphabet, FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) about the Images and Science at the end of the book, as well as some geographical terms in a glossary, add to the breadth of how this book might be used.  
It is an ideal resource for introducing geography to K-12 students, as well as how to read satellite images.  Older students may enjoy using technology from Google Earth or Google Planet to locate other alphabet shapes in the earth’s surface as part of an art project.
 

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