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BOOK REVIEW: "The Complete Kids' Guide to the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017" by J.G. Kemp

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BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Kids’ Guide to the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 by J.G. Kemp (Stories in Science) 2017

In less than a week – Monday August 21, 2017, to be exact – millions of people across a swath of America’s middle will look skyward (safely, with approved eclipse-viewing glasses, we hope!) at the remarkable solar eclipse that is already captivating and exciting adults and children alike.

So, for those out there with children – parents, grandparents, teachers, guardians – who are wanting to engage and inform young children about the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017, a great place to start is J.G. Kemp’s recently-released “Kid’s Guide and Activity Book” focusing on this exceedingly rare, celestial event.

With young kids of my own I found this guide book, full of easy-to-understand, scientific explanations as to what a solar eclipse is and how it occurs, as the moon passes right in front of the sun. Kids are informed, in part, with help from an emoji-esque character named “Eclipso.”

He makes the book interactive with questions, activities, games, crosswords, Mad Libs, puzzles and more included to keep the interest of the child.

Kemp writes: “During totality, the moon completely covers the sun. If you are lucky enough to see totality, ask a grown up when it is okay to remove your viewing glasses during totality.

And for those who see the “partial phases” of the solar eclipse, the author reminds the young reader to “only look at the partial eclipse through your solar-viewing glasses.”

“Eclipso” continues onward through the 40-plus pages of this fun book (a keepsake for those who witness the eclipse, for sure!) giving facts about the sun and the moon, the fact that this solar eclipse will only be visible in the United States, complete with a map of the U.S. showing the path of totality that will be taken, starting on Oregon’s Pacific coast and concluding just north of Charleston, South Carolina. Millions of eclipse viewers are expected.

And, as a geography nut, I’m glad they had questions about the different states experiencing the solar eclipse, helping our geography-deficient youngsters learn more about states in their own country.

Eclipso reminds the reader to "get to where you will be viewing the eclipse early. There could be heavy traffic - lots of people will want to see this eclipse." Indeed!

Red Dirt Report will be covering this special event with writers and photographers covering it here in Oklahoma and in the neighboring state of Missouri and up at Alliance, Nebraska where totality will be achieved between 1:10 and 1:20 p.m. CST.

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