Explorabook and Earthsearch: 1990s Kids’ Science Books as Vectors of Ideology

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A copy of a spiral-bound book with a magnet attached. Title in bold, red letters: “Explorabook: A Kid’s Science Museum in a Book.” In smaller type: “John Cassidy, The Exploratorium.” There’s a movable Moiré spinner, a black and white photo of Albert Einstein, and an astronaut. Multicolored tabs on the right side mark sections by topic.
Image description: A copy of a spiral-bound book titled Earthsearch: A Kids’ Geography Museum in a Book by John Cassidy, author of the Explorabook. The title contains a photo of Earth. Other illustrations include a black and white photo of a 19th century, male, British explorer, looking through binoculars. A movable map of Earth’s South Pole is captioned “Spin this Planet the Right Way.” The metal background is painted silver, and tabs on the right mark topics.

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