Galaxies, Galaxies!


Planet Earth is in the Milky Way Galaxy, the cloudy band of light that stretches across the night sky. For years astronomers thought that the Milky Way Galaxy was the whole universe. Now we know that there are billions of galaxies, and we are starting to learn about their shapes and sizes, and what they consist of.
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Planet Earth is in the Milky Way Galaxy, the cloudy band of light that stretches across the night sky. For years astronomers thought that the Milky Way Galaxy was the whole universe. Now we know that there are billions of galaxies, and we are starting to learn about their shapes and sizes, and what they consist of.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lisa P. Hill
This colorful, picture book offers simple-to-understand discussions about galaxies, quasars, telescopes, and more. Where is the Earth in our universe? What galaxy are we located in? What types of galaxies are there? What do they look like? These are just some of the questions answered and colorfully portrayed. From Earth, we live in the Milky Way galaxy that looks like a river of milk out in space. Mankind has always been curious about stars and space, and galaxies contain many interesting features. Descriptive paragraphs with colorful drawings give enough information for students to understand that there are different galaxies in the universe, how we can see them, and what we are looking for out in space. Right now astronomers indicate there are 100 billion galaxies in our universe, but those are the ones we know about! This is a good beginning astronomy book for home enjoyment or in the classroom.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-Gibbons's view of our solar system may no longer be valid, but she's really focusing her attention so far beyond local space that the damage is minor. Between an opening description of the Milky Way and a closing claim that galaxy formation is still going on, the author depicts ancient astronomers at work, describes several kinds of telescopes, and profiles five distinctive galactic forms, from irregular to lenticular. Pairing brief, matter-of-fact generalizations leavened with digestible doses of specific information to painted scenes that link diverse groups of human observers to galaxies seen in blobby, broadly brushed portraits, this introduction to some of the universe's largest structures will put stars in the eyes of the most Earthbound young readers.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A topic-book veteran takes on the universe in this engagingly illustrated introduction to the collections of stars, gas clouds and dust called galaxies. Gibbons concentrates on easily understood aspects of this complicated topic-how we "see" them and what they look like-but includes something of telescope development, the history of their discovery and their different kinds of energy. Beginning with the Milky Way, visible evidence of our own galaxy (to that small portion of her readers living in rural areas still dark at night), she goes on to point out the place of Earth in our solar system and, later, the solar system in our galaxy. Unfortunately, her traditional representation of the solar system (now out-of-date) implies that Pluto is bigger than Earth and Mercury bigger than Mars. Although the book describes galaxies named NGC 7479, 4881, 2787 and 2366, the final page of interesting facts states that "Galaxies are given names by the people who discover them." Wait for a more accurate report for your youngest sky watchers. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823420025
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: IG880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Gibbons has written and illustrated more than fifty books with Holiday House. She loves asking questions about the world, and writing nonfiction titles gives her the opportunity to research and travel to find the answers to everything she is curious about. Kirkus Reviews has called Gail Gibbons's books "staples of any collection." Visit her on the web at
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