Former math teachers Hilary Koll and Steve Mills have a talent for bringing real world applications into lessons on math fundamentals. In Launch a Rocket into Space, they introduce interesting basic facts about space travel and rocket science, while showing how even simple math concepts are important in complex problems.
The target audience (younger elementary school grades) won't be overwhelmed with physics and calculus (this book ain't rocket science--I just had to say that!), but will apply age-appropriate math skills in the context of rocket science.
Launch a Rocket into Space is more than just a creative way to put math skills in context; I believe it can be a tool to whet a child's appetite for higher math, and to help him or her see an answer to that age-old question of math students everywhere: "When am I ever going to use this?!?"
(One note: don't bother with the Kindle edition. . . The illustrations and layout didn't work out too well on Kindle.)
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!