I Wonder Why Stars Twinkle and Other Questions about Space

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Curious young astronomers who ask, "What are stars made of?" and "Why do astronauts float in space?" will find the answers here.

Answers questions about space such as, "Are stars star-shaped," "Which is the coldest planet," and "What is a black hole."

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Overview

Curious young astronomers who ask, "What are stars made of?" and "Why do astronauts float in space?" will find the answers here.

Answers questions about space such as, "Are stars star-shaped," "Which is the coldest planet," and "What is a black hole."

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Children's Literature

answers are simply written, but they don't shy away from scientific language, difficult issues, or remaining mysteries.

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
If you like books that supply not only the answers, but the questions too, then this one is for you. Questions as simple as, "Why does the sun go out at night?" and as complex as, "Will the universe ever end?" are posed. And, on the same page, amid cartoons, drawings, and diagrams, they are answered. The answers are simply written, but they don't shy away from scientific language, difficult issues, or remaining mysteries. That, along with the table of contents and index, makes this book appropriate for both the young astronomer asking his/her first questions and the school-age report writer looking for follow-up details. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Strictly for browsing, this brief survey of the universe, in a question-and-answer format, offers no new information or insights. The average-quality illustrations combine colorful cartoons with realistic renderings based on satellite photographs; their captions contain most of the data provided. Creation of the universe, birth and death of stars, assorted facts about the planets, and odds and ends of space exploration are included. Joanna Cole's The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System (Scholastic, 1990) covers much of the same ground in a more entertaining package, while Seymour Simon's excellent series (Morrow) takes a more in-depth look at the subject.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753465202
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: I Wonder Why Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 263,739
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: IG860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Carole Stott has written more than twenty books on astronomy and space and is a feature writer for the U.K. magazine Astronomy Now. Carole authored Kingfisher Knowledge: Stars and Planets, I Wonder Why Stars Twinkle and Other Questions About Space, and Astronomy, and she was a chapter contributor to The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia. Before turning to full-time writing, she was curator and then the head of the observatory at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England.

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Table of Contents

What is the universe? 4

When did it all begin? 4

Will the universe ever end? 5

What is the Milky Way? 6

How many stars are there? 7

What are stars stars made of? 8

Why do stars twinkle? 9

Are stars star shaped? 9

What is a red giant? 10

Which stars eplode? 11

What is a black hole? 12

How hot is the Sun? 14

Will the Sun ever go out? 15

How many planets are there? 16

What is the difference between planets and stars? 17

Why is Earth so special? 18

Why does the Sun go out at night? 19

Which is the hottest planet? 20

Which is the red planet? 21

Which is the biggest planet? 22

Which planet is the farthest from the Sun? 24

Which planet is tipped over? 24

How do we know about the farthest planets? 25

Which planet has the biggest moons? 26

What is it like on our Moon? 26

Which planet's moons look like potatoes? 27

How fast can space rockets go? 28

What are rockets used for? 29

Why do astronauts wear space suits? 30

Why do astronauts float in space? 30

Index 32

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