Little Thinker

All About Outer Space

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The fifth Little Thinker tape is at once more educational and more exciting than the previous tapes. The topic of "outer space" lends itself more easily to this format than poetry, safety, animals, or morality. There is, of course, no shortage of fascinating information about space and this story is one that can be expected to hold the interest of its young listeners. The series' omnipresent hostess, Nancy, and her "Little Thinker friend" (the listener) explore the final frontier in a space ship described by Nancy as resembling a "big silver pencil." While there, they must fix a broken ship, find their way home after getting lost, and encounter a friendly astronaut (who seems strangely unsurprised to find a young woman and a child in his space station). The adventures give the listener much to process in their drawings and teaches them all sorts of valuable facts about gravity, stars, planets, and what makes the Earth blue. The tape also seems to have slightly higher production values than its predecessors, with lots of appropriately spacey sound effects and music.