Tiny-Tot Reviews: G is for Galaxy by Janis Campbell & Cathy Collison



Tiny Tot Reviews


Tiny Tot Reviews is a way for me to showcase some of the many children’s books that I read during my down time at the bookstore. 

G is for Galaxy by Janis Campbell & Cathy Collison

Illustrated by Alan Stacy

G is For GalaxySource: Bookstore Stock
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Series: -
Edition: Hardcover, 32 Pages
Genre: Children’s Science
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Rating: 4/5

Illustrated by Alan Stacy. Aspiring astronauts, star gazing astrophysicists, and even toddlers pointing at the moon will now have the right stuff for exploring our galaxy. With rhymes for younger children and their accompanying fact-filled expository test for older readers, syndicated “Yak’s Corner” columnists Janis Campbell and Cathy Collison shuttle us through an out of this world alphabet as seen through the windshield of a space ship.

Each page answers galactic questions like: What planet is 300 times heavier than Earth? Why is space the ultimate place to study? Which planet is closest to the sun and which one is the farthest? Who said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”?

Authors Janis Campbell and Cathy Collison write the syndicated column “Yak’s Corner,” which is a magazine style section for young readers. They live with their families in Southeast Michigan.

Illustrator Alan Stacy lives in Arlington, Texas. His father was part of the team that chose the astronauts for the Gemini and early Apollo space programs in the 1960s.

G is for Galaxy is a gorgeously illustrated book that I instantly fell in love with. As someone who love science and really believes in sharing the wonder of our universe with the younger generation this is definitely a book I can see myself reading to my future children. 

The alphabet is presented in two ways; one is a short little four line poem about the letter, like G is for Galaxy, and the second is a more detailed description of one or several ‘space’ related words. So not only does it have appeal for the younger children, but as they grow up they can begin to learn even more info from the same book. The one downside to having a book about science is that occasionally somethings no longer apply…like that awkward situation with Pluto. This book was written before Pluto’s classification changed, and it talks about plans for the International Space Station that have already been done. 

The illustrations are gorgeous!! If I could get prints of a few of these I would hang them up in my house, or if I had a kid they would be in their room. 

Overall this is a stunning book that is presents Astronomy is a way that is kid friendly and a great starting point for those insatiably curious kids.

4 stars


Review: Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John P. Kotter

Our Iceberg is MeltingSource: Bookstore Stock
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: -
Edition: Hardcover, 160 Pages
Genre: Self-Help, Business
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Rating: 2/5

Most of the denizens of the Antarctic penguin colony sneer at Fred, the quiet but observant scout who detects worrying signs that their home, an iceberg, is melting.  Fred must cleverly convince and enlist key players, such as Louis, the head penguin; Alice, the number two bird; the intractable NoNo the weather expert; and a passle of school-age penguins if he is to save the colony.
Their delightfully told journey illuminates in an unforgettable way how to manage the necessary change that surrounds us all. Simple explanatory material following the fable enhances the lasting value of these lessons.

Our Iceberg Is Melting is at once charming, accessible and profound; a treat for virtually any reader.

Our Iceberg is Melting is one of those ‘trendy’ self-help books that are so simple that somehow they are passed off as revolutionary…when in fact they are actually really simple. Who would have guessed?

Our Iceberg is Melting (or OIiM from now on) is a how to succeed book written in the style of a fable. So not only does it include fully illustrated and colored pictures but it’s also so simple a kid could read it…seriously…I’m not joking it’s written on a elementary school level. Which is great if you have a really ambitious kid who wants to know how to succeed but isn’t quite ready for the heavy stuff. As an adult I felt it to be really lacking. It is enjoyable, well more enjoyable than any other business help book I’ve tried to slog through so far, so that’s saying something…and it gets points for approachability seeing as anyone can pick this up and grasp what it’s saying.

What this book lacks is any sort of depth. We get to see initiative and compromise in action, and we get a bit of an explanation as to why they were used…but since it’s written like a fable you get like a sentence before it moves on with the story. I do see how it’s “helpful” but anyone who has had to work in a group in highschool for a project or paper knows how to do this stuff…seriously…we also know how things really happen in real life. Someone has the idea, everyone bickers over the logistics, roles are handed out, work beings…and a day before it’s due you’re doing the slacker’s work. Sure business might not be like that exactly, but you get the point. This book prepares you the same way those group assignments prepared you.

I would hesitate to ever call this “profound”, though I suppose the term “nifty” fits. It’s a interesting idea and it does make some of the ideas easier to understand…but if you’re looking to succeed in business i really suggest you find a book that is actually filled with words and not pictures of penguins with a briefcase.

2 stars