Did you know that Earth is what scientists call “in a Goldilocks Zone?” It is called that because it is in that sweet spot in the planets line up that makes it perfect for life. It is not too hot, or too cold, but just right. Drew Sheneman’s The Goldilocks Zone: Real Facts about Outer Space is a great way to find out why this is, plus our two narrators (Goldilocks and Baby Bear) entertain you the reader as we read along on the adventure.
There is a lot that goes on with Earth that makes it special for life having. And Goldilocks and Baby Bear take us on a journey exploring Earth and the other planets. (And, sorry no, Pluto. But despite Goldilocks comments, I still say it is a planet, regardless of that silly definition of what makes a “real” planet!). We see why Venus is too hot, Neptune is too cold and well, Uranus is something else altogether!
The illustrations of Sheneman’s are boldly, brightly colored, and strongly detailed. Everything is at a five and up age level of understanding, but even adults can learn a thing or two or three (I learned which planet rains diamonds. Which might not be a gals or guys, best friend!)
And though I am not jumping up and down saying this is my favorite book of the year, it is in the top, oh thirty or so. But I do know that The Goldilocks Zone is not your parents’ porridge eating, bed sleeping, chair breaking blond, little girl and friends (okay there is porridge…) and this modern scientific fairy tale is one that will be more than just right for you and your own little bear(s).