Farthest from the Sun: The Planet Neptune

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Don't bother searching the night sky for Neptune without a telescope. It's the only planet that can't be seen with the naked eye. Explore the planet farthest from the sun in this book about Neptune.

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Don't bother searching the night sky for Neptune without a telescope. It's the only planet that can't be seen with the naked eye. Explore the planet farthest from the sun in this book about Neptune.

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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 Neptune through its discovery, when scientists used math to predict its position. Pictures and text explain remote Neptune's huge size and icy temperatures, its fiery core, and a year that's nearly 165 Earth-years long. Kids will learn that scientists are especially interested in watching Triton, Neptune's largest moon, which has geyser-like eruptions and orbits in the opposite direction to the twelve others, because it may one day break apart or crash. Suggesting flat acrylic paintings, Yesh's illustrations are actually created using 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 Neptune's moons racing in different directions. Loewen suggests a simple science project to demonstrate the effects of surface atmosphere on the apparent brightness of a planet. Includes a glossary, a short bibliography of children's books about the planet, and a few more Neptune facts, such as that Voyager 2 photographed a dark spot on Neptune that has since disappeared. This lively series should be fun for budding astronomers; who knows, it might also inspire some planetary poetry or astronomical art. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404839649
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Amazing Science: Planets Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.09 (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

An Unseen Force     4
Discovering a Planet     6
Far, Far Away     8
A Gas Giant     10
Brrrrr!     12
Record-Breaking Winds     14
A Long Time Between Birthdays     16
Moons and Rings     18
Always Changing     21
Shine a Light on Me     22
Fun Facts     23
Glossary     23
To Learn More     24
Index     24
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