Yes, my kids are learning space science and fairy tales at the same time. Sound odd? To me, at least this once, they are the *perfect* blend.
Hunh? We’re reading the book The Birth of the Earth by Jacqui Bailey and Matthew Lilly, which includes a description of how the Earth is in the perfect orbit around the sun to have liquid water; any hotter, and our water would all boil off, and any colder and Earth would be a frozen ball of ice.
At bedtime tonight, I told my girls the story of Goldilocks. I know I have read it to them before, (probably the Brett version, since I love the art,) but refreshing their memories is never a bad thing, and I even got to skew it into an object lesson on love being more important than objects, so I was doubly happy. (Mama tucked an upset Baby Bear into bed, and then he fell asleep smelling the spices she was adding to a new pot of oatmeal, as well as to the sounds of Papa tapping his chair back together.)
What the heck has one got to do with the other? I asked Big D what the temperature (if one is going for liquid water) is like on Venus: “too hot”, then I asked Beara what it is like on Mars: “too cold.” Then I asked them what it is like here on Earth (the plow berm blocking our drive not withstanding), and they answered me in concert “juuuust right!”
The clincher that is making Siggi the Science Geek squeal with happy interdisciplinary bliss tonight? The narrow band around any given sun where water will stay in a (largely) liquid state is called ‘The Goldilocks Zone.’ >:)