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The Astronaut's Globe

The Astronaut's Globe

Fall 2004 Toys
Ages: 5 - 16 yrs.
Price: $14.95
Created by using thousands of images taken by NASA in 2003, this globe had our testers talking about weather, continents, oceans and even coral reefs – for hours. When we read on the website ( that we could see coral reefs, we began right away to search for them! We talked about hurricanes, locating one and then every day in the newspaper we read about the hurricanes’ destruction in the southeast and the Caribbean.

Diving into the accompanying guide, we learned that there are more insects in two square miles of rural land than humans on earth, that storms spin clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere, and that the lowest temperature ever recorded was –128.5F.

Easy to inflate and much larger than we had expected, the package even included a repair kit in case of a puncture.

Susan Sullivan   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Susan Sullivan is a mother of two boys ages 7 and 8. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Reading Consultation. She currently teaches and develops curriculum for museums and schools.

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