A Relativity Birthday Present is the first story in the captivating, educational and beautifully illustrated Starman Jones Series designed to give young readers an intuitive grasp of esoteric scientific concepts like Relativity. It teaches young readers about one of the amazing effects of Relativity.
Starman Jones and Spacepup are anxious to take Baby Billy on their adventurous trips from star to star in their starship, Willywinder. Billy, unfortunately, is too young, so Starman Jones devises a trip to the star Alpha Centauri. During the journey he and Spacepup will travel so fast that time slows down for them on Willywinder, while time progresses normally back on Earth for Baby Billy.
Ultimately, Starman Jones and Spacepup return to Earth nine years later on Billy's ninth birthday, but they have hardly aged at all. Billy has caught up with them, and can now accompany them on future star trips. It is the best birthday present Billy has ever had — a relativity birthday present.
“This is an ingenious experiment that worked for Dr. Williscroft's own son. I genuinely hope that it works for your child, too, and that each new story in this series will enrich your child as much as they did his son. In fact, I sincerely hope that this experiment will prove to be very successful for all children!”
Dr. Frank Drake
Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe
SETI Institute, Mountain View, California
What to do when you want the time to past fast? But wait! At the same time, you want it to pass slow. Fast for someone, and slow for someone else. Hmmm. Confused? I’m sure not if you remember you have once learned about the theory of relativity. Don’t you remember it? Well, perhaps it wasn't explained to you in a way that could be easily understood and remembered. In this little book beautifully illustrated, the author does to the reader just this. Starman Jones, the main character, explains this theory to his dog in a fun and simple way. At the end of the book, there is also a small glossary that could be really useful especially for younger readers.
This is the first book in the series. I expect the author to deal in the same way other scientific theories we have learned in school but never saw the fun in it or even worse, never could have actually understood them.
I surely wish I had these books when my nieces nephews, and kids were small! I homeschool them and they memorized the first 20 elements along with how to diagram them. These books would have been great for their scientific foundation—and reading, instead of doing "work" would have been a treat. Very cool!
I suggest this book would be a good introduction to science for children in its intended age group. The sooner children can be introduced to scientific terms in a manner they find interesting, the better chance they will have to understand them later. I see the book as helping fill a niche all young readers need to learn about and one which will encourage them to learn more on their own as they mature.
I have a grand daughter who is only 4 years old. I'll see she gets a copy in another year or two!
Any child interested in space and science would really enjoy this book. It is a great and fun introduction into science and space for young readers. Any kid would be excited to have their dog come along on a space trip!
The illustrations were reminiscent of the 50’s era and well done.
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