Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors

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Your mission... rocket into space with space Explorer and discover everything you need to know about asteroids, comets, and meteors.
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Your mission... rocket into space with space Explorer and discover everything you need to know about asteroids, comets, and meteors.
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Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
The first two pages provide a definition and overview of the Solar System. A drawing shows the size of the planets "roughly to scale, but the distances between them are not to scale." Browsing readers can look for the eye-catching star facts that are found throughout the book. Clear, simple sentences provide explanations of asteroids, comets, meteors and meteorites. There are color photos of four famous comets: Hale-Bopp, Hyakutake, McNaught, and West. There are a few experiments for readers. Readers can see what the Giotto space probe looks like and can view a photo of Haley's Comet taken by it. The photos are clear and interesting. A glossary and index are also included. The final page contains notes for parents and teachers offering further information and an experiment. A mix of drawing and photographs in this 24-page book will help both browsers and students working on assignments. Sidebars are distinguished from the main text by print size. This is part of the "QEB Solar System" series, which, taken as a whole, provides a good introduction for young readers to the sun, planets, moons, meteors, asteroids and comets. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr
As part of the engaging "Up in Space" series, Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors provides a quick look at what can be found in the Solar System besides other planets. Vivid illustrations bring the text to life and make the book more enjoyable for readers. Short phrases help young readers retain information and read fluently. The presented facts are informative and fascinating. A succinct description of meteor showers is highlighted with a stunning backdrop of a meteor shower. Another page describes meteorites and shows a photograph of a large meteorite hole and a smaller photograph of a hand holding a meteorite rock. Students can quickly read space facts and see them illustrated on the same page. Tricky words can be found in a short glossary at the end of the book. The writing is geared toward emerging readers, but more advanced students will enjoy the simple facts, impressive pictures and the fun format. Reviewer: Natalie Gurr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595665836
  • Publisher: QEB Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Solar System
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosalind Mist began her career as a rocket scientist before progressing to writing about science for children. When not writing or working for a scientific society, she can be found encouraging her bees to make honey. She lives in Surrey with her husband and a small flock of bantam chickens.

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Table of Contents

The Solar System 4

Asteroids 6

The Asteroid Belt 8

Comets 10

Famous Comets 12

Exploration 14

Meteors 16

Meteor showers 18

Meteorites 20

Glossary 22

Index 23

Notes for parents and teachers 24

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