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A simple but informative look at comets, asteroids and meteorites, and what they can tell us about our place in the solar system. Longer, more complex stories and sentences, more challenging vocabulary, language play and minimal repetition make this a Level 3 first reader.
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A simple but informative look at comets, asteroids and meteorites, and what they can tell us about our place in the solar system. Longer, more complex stories and sentences, more challenging vocabulary, language play and minimal repetition make this a Level 3 first reader.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
If you or your young children have ever wondered what the difference is between a meteoroid, a meteor, or a meteorite then this is the perfect choice for you. In easy to understand language, Nicolson provides basic information about space rocks—comets, asteroids, and meteorites. Perhaps it is not obvious that comets are icy, rock-filled balls that travel in a defined orbit. Some of them are very large and appear on predictable cycles; others reach our solar system and are dissipated by the sun. Asteroids are interesting space rocks because they have unusual shapes and sometimes do fall to earth. One of the theories relating to the extinction of the dinosaurs has them wiped out due to the effect that a major asteroid had on the amount of sunlight that reached the earth, which in turn affected the plant life and thus the entire life cycle of these large animals. In addition to the informative text, there are pictures and illustrations to increase understanding. Rated a Level 3 book in the "Kids Can Read" series, this book could be used by older students not reading on grade level and also adults in ESL classes. A good choice for a home or school library.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Easy-reader adaptations of two of Nicolson's earlier titles. The books contain less information and are lacking the activities and glossary that were in the originals. In Space Rocks, an introductory chapter provides a short definition of comets, asteroids, and meteorites followed by lengthier chapters specifically focusing on each one. Stars defines what stars are, how we observe them, how they form constellations, the life of stars, and galaxies. In both books, the author starts each section with a question and then answers it. Small watercolor illustrations and full-color NASA photographs were largely taken from the previous titles and do a good job of supporting the texts. The lower vocabulary is helpful for less proficient readers and useful if an overview is needed, but most children will prefer books with larger photos and more detailed information.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553379010
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Kids Can Read Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.
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