Earth and Mars

Earth and Mars

by Rosalind Mist

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What are stars made of? Where do they come from? What surrounds them in our Solar System? Learn all about the planets and stars with this dazzling series from QED.  See more details below


What are stars made of? Where do they come from? What surrounds them in our Solar System? Learn all about the planets and stars with this dazzling series from QED.

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Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr
The "Up in Space" series helps young students recognize Earth's place in the solar system while highlighting unique aspects and differences of other planets. Beautiful illustrations accompany well-formulated facts about Earth and Mars. Being home, Earth may be the planet students are most familiar with, but the facts and graphics will keep students engaged. One page shows a simple diagram of how the Earth rotates around the sun and why that creates seasons. Another section compares the size of Earth and Mars to Jupiter and quickly explains that Mars looks red because it has red soil. Fascinating information is conveyed in kid-friendly language that helps access prior knowledge. Olympus Mon, located on Mars, is the largest volcano in the Solar System, and Mist helps students understand the size by stating that it is three times the size of Mount Everest. While geared toward younger readers, older students will enjoy the fun facts and how quickly the book reads. Reviewer: Natalie Gurr
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 explain the layers of the Earth, day and night and the seasons. "Eggy Earth" describes how to use a hard-boiled egg to understand the layers of the Earth. Descriptions of the surface, the winds and the moons of Mars are presented. There are a few experiments for readers. Readers can see what a Mars Exploration Rover looks like and can view some photos taken by one. 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 simple assignments. Sidebars are distinguished from the main text by print size. This is part of the "QEB Solar System" series, which, as a whole, provides a good introduction for young readers to the sun, planets, moons, meteors, asteroids and comets. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo

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QEB Publishing
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Up in Space Series
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Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)
AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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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