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Children's LiteratureThe books from "Isaac Asimov's 21st Century Library of the Universe" series are soundly written with plenty of clear scientific explanations and interesting facts, but they are not terribly exciting. Each book reads like the next, as they all progress through the history of scientific discoveries leading to what we know about the particularly celestial body today. The rigid formatting and repetitive writing of the books is a disservice to the often-impressive content. For example, the fact that Vesta, an asteroid, is different from most of its cold companions and covered in molten rock and lava and visible from Earth is relegated to an unexciting sidebar when this information could be very exciting to readers. Showing readers how to find Vesta would have been a marvelous way to engage them, however, this book does not do so. Unfortunately, the topic of distant asteroids remains distant as readers are presented information, but no way to apply it. As such, the book is a collection of wonderful facts, but not a coherent view of how to understand the night sky. 2004 (orig. 1988), Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 6 to 10.