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Children's LiteratureEarth is the third planet from the Sun. It moves around the Sun in 365 days. Earth is the only planet with people and animals. They need air and water to live. The center of the Earth is very hot metal. Water covers most of the Earth, that is why it looks blue from outer space. The Earth has one moon. The Earth provides an environment in which life as we know it can thrive. This book is a Level 1 reader. This series, "Exploring the Galaxy," features photographs and informational graphics about subject matter that has always interested kids of all ages. An illustration of the solar system is the first graphic, showing the planets and their orbits around the Sun. The Sun is identified with a halo of yellow light and an arrow. The subject of each volume is also identified by name and with an arrow. The series supports national science standards and includes a word count and glossary. Words and phrases are repeated to help early readers. Additional reading suggestions are included as well as a link to FactHound, an Internet research system. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 4 to 7.
— Kristin Harris