Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System!

Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System!

by Kathleen V. Kudlinski, John Rocco
     
 

Some people used to think that Earth was smack-dab in the middle of the universe, with all the stars and planets held in the sky by giant glass balls. Boy, were they wrong! In this follow-up to the award-winning Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!, Kathleen Kudlinski and John Rocco look at the mistakes, mishaps, and creativity that are part of

Overview

Some people used to think that Earth was smack-dab in the middle of the universe, with all the stars and planets held in the sky by giant glass balls. Boy, were they wrong! In this follow-up to the award-winning Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!, Kathleen Kudlinski and John Rocco look at the mistakes, mishaps, and creativity that are part of scientific discovery. From the first humans wondering about the night sky to the demotion of Pluto to dwarf planet status, this book is an entertaining and informative look at how scientific theories change over time.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-3

Rocco's gentle caricatures and visual gags further brighten this wry follow-up to the author's Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! (Dutton, 2005). Showing how widely held preconceptions about nature are slowly, stumblingly tested by scientific study, Kudlinski traces our view of the universe from flat earth to the reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet.Effectively giving readers the big picture first, she places most of the significant specific terms and names in a time line at the end, and in the main narrative focuses on concepts: "A new idea came to an astronomer. He said that the sun was in the center of the [solar] system, not the Earth. That would mean that we were not so important. He had no proof, so most people just laughed...." Though itself a little "wrong" as Pluto and its more distant mates have very recently been RE-reclassified as "Plutoids," this breezy account will be as equally effective in demonstrating how science works as it will be in bringing young readers up to speed on the structure of this and other solar systems.-John Peters, New York Public Library

From the Publisher
Praise for Boy, Were We Wrong about the Solar System!
* "Rocco's illustrations grow more colorful and realistic as the story moves into the modern age, matching the text's smooth flow and sense of progress. A super introduction not only to the solar system, but to the scientific method in action."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This breezy account will be as equally effective in demonstrating how science works as it will be in bringing young readers up to speed on the structure of this and other solar systems."—School Library Journal

"A brisk, cheerful introduction to the mixed-up history of cosmology."—Booklist


Praise for Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!

• "Intelligently designed and imaginatively conceived, the artwork makes the text more understandable and the whole book more beautiful."—Booklist, starred review

"This book is simple, attractive, and informative, and a take-off point for a discussion on the scientific method."—School Library Journal  

Praise for Boy, Were We Wrong About the Weather!
“A valuable resource for report writing and pleasure reading alike.”—School Library Journal
 

Praise for Boy, Were We Wrong About the Human Body!
“This clever entry is just as amusing and informative as the rest."—Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525469797
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/18/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
596,365
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kathleen V. Kudlinski is the author of many fiction and nonfiction books for children including, My Lady Pocahontas, Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs, contributions to the Women of Our Time biography series, and the Once Upon America historical fiction series. You can visit her online at www.kathleenkudlinski.com.

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