Brightest in the Sky: The Planet Venus

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Not only is Venus the hottest planet in the solar system, it's also one of the brightest, most enchanting objects in the sky. Explore Earth's closest neighbor in this book about Venus.
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Not only is Venus the hottest planet in the solar system, it's also one of the brightest, most enchanting objects in the sky. Explore Earth's closest neighbor in this book about Venus.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
With its large square pages and poster-bright pictures, the "Amazing Science: Planet" series is designed to have maximum visual appeal for young space explorers. It largely succeeds, presenting quite a bit of information about each planet in nine double-page spreads (liberally sprinkled with "Fun Facts" boxes) that show sizes, composition, surfaces, orbits, rotations, and something about each planet's exploration. Readers are introduced to Venus through its exceptional brightness and its appearances as both morning and evening stars. Through both pictures and text, the book explains Venus's blazing temperatures, its thick layer of gases, and its thousands of volcanoes. While this hottest planet is about the size of Earth, readers will learn that it has a very long day (equal to 243 Earth days) and, like Uranus, rotates clockwise. Suggesting flat acrylic paintings, Yesh's illustrations are actually created through digital media. Though not realistic in style, their brilliant colors on dark backgrounds make them eye-catching, often glowing, and sometimes action-filled, as in a depiction of a Venus volcano erupting. Loewen provides instructions for a simple science project that uses two jars and heat from the sun to demonstrate how hot gases are trapped on Venus. Included are a glossary, a short bibliography of children's books about the planet, and a few more facts about Venus, such as that it has phases much like our moon. This lively series should be fun for budding astronomers; who knows, it might inspire some planetary poetry or astronomical art. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404839588
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Amazing Science: Planets Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: IG780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Loewen writes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Recent awards include: 2012 Minnesota Book Awards finalist (The LAST Day of Kindergarten); 2011 Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year (Share a Scare: Writing Your Own Scary Story); 2011 Book of Note, Tri-State Young Adult Review Committee (Stubborn as a Mule and Other Silly Similes); and 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer's Toolbox Series). She's also received awards from The American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Society of School Librarians International. Nancy holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, St. Paul. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two teenage children.

Jeff Yesh is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer whose award-winning work has been featured in multiple children's books. As a freelance artist, he splits his time illustrating both fiction and non-fiction works enjoyed by all ages, in addition to designing material for a wide variety of clients in the advertising and sports industries. Born and raised in Indiana, Jeff graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Jeff enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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Table of Contents

Star Light, Star Bright     4
Earth's Twin?     6
Hot, Hot, Hot!     8
It's a Trap     11
Beneath the Atmosphere     12
Crash Landings     14
A Long, Backward Day     16
Lying Low     18
Crossing the Sun     20
Trapping Gases     22
Fun Facts     23
Glossary     23
To Learn More     24
Index     24
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