There is so much to learn about the planet we call home. Learn about Earth’s conditions and what makes it unique in the solar system.
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.
School Library JournalGr 1-2-At less than 150 words each, these primers offer even very new readers a rare chance to take independent forays into space. The information is, understandably, offered on the most basic of levels: "Earth has one moon" (Earth); "Jupiter has at least 47 moons" (Jupiter), of which four are depicted but none named; and Mars's moons get no mention at all. Each page of text faces a large, color photo or artist's rendition, usually not captioned, but well chosen to confirm a statement opposite. Due to their very simplicity, these books are unlikely to become dated any time soon-not even Mars, which relies on information gathered by Sojourner or before. Each book ends with an abbreviated reading list and a URL that leads to a commercial Web site with relevant, updatable links. Consider these titles sturdy supports for early science instruction, preceding even Gregory L. Vogt's Jupiter (Bridgestone, 2000) and other volumes in the "Galaxy" or similar series.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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