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The Largest Planet: Jupiter

The Largest Planet: Jupiter

by Nancy Loewen, Jeff Yesh (Illustrator), Jeff Yesh (Illustrator)

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From Earth, the spot on Jupiter looks like a small, red freckle. In fact, the spot is a huge storm as wide as two Earths! Explore the Great Red Spot and more in this book about Jupiter.


From Earth, the spot on Jupiter looks like a small, red freckle. In fact, the spot is a huge storm as wide as two Earths! Explore the Great Red Spot and more in this book about Jupiter.

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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 mighty Jupiter through the name it shares with the king of Roman gods. Pictures and text explain Jupiter's brightness, its speedy rotation, its gassy composition, and its moving bands of clouds. While this huge planet is famous for its readily-visible red spot, readers will learn that Jupiter also has four large moons and about sixty smaller ones (an asteroid belt circles between Jupiter and Mars). Suggesting flat acrylic paintings, Yesh's illustrations are actually created through digital media. Though not realistic in style, their brilliant colors on dark backgrounds make them eye-catching, often glowing, and sometimes action-filled; especially striking here is an illustration of Jupiter's four large moons shown with Galileo, their discoverer. Loewen suggests a simple science/math project in which students draw overlapping circles to compare the diameters of the planets. Includes a glossary, a short bibliography of children's books about the planet, and a few more Jupiter facts, such as that its Great Red Spot was discovered in 1664. This lively series should be fun for budding astronomers; who knows, it might inspire some planetary poetry or astronomical art. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Amazing Science: Planets Series
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Nancy Loewen has published many books for kids. She’s a two-time Minnesota Book Award finalist (Four to the Pole and The LAST Day of Kindergarten) and the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer’s Toolbox series). She holds an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul. Nancy has two children and lives near Minneapolis. To learn more, visit www. nancyloewen.com.

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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