Mercury and Venus

Mercury and Venus

by Rosalind Mist

What are stars made of? Where do they come from? What surrounds them in our Solar System? Learn all about the planets and stars with this dazzling series from QED.  See more details below


What are stars made of? Where do they come from? What surrounds them in our Solar System? Learn all about the planets and stars with this dazzling series from QED.

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Children's Literature - Caitlin Marineau
Mercury and Venus, a title in Amicus's "Up in Space" series for early independent readers, offers a brief introduction to the Sun's two closest planets. First introducing the Solar System, author Mist then begins with an overview of Mercury, offering descriptions of its asteroid-marked surface, long and hot days, and introduces the concept of space probes being used to explore local planets. She then delves into Venus, explaining that its layer of gases holds in heat, and that its numerous massive volcanoes make it unique in the Solar System. Large text will aid new readers, and colorful, full-page illustrations can help keep students engaged. The series offers only the most cursory introduction to the planets, however, so teachers and parents should be prepared to help explain concepts and offer further discussion to interested students. The book includes a glossary to help explain some of the terminology. The title would best be purchased with the series to allow early readers to familiarize themselves with the various bodies in the Solar System. Reviewer: Caitlin Marineau
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
The first two pages provide a definition and overview of the Solar System. A drawing shows the size of the planets "roughly to scale, but the distances between them are not to scale." Browsing readers can look for the eye-catching star facts that are found throughout the book. Clear, simple sentences offer physical descriptions of Mercury and Venus. Readers will learn what makes Mercury so unusual. Transits are explained and readers are notified that the next transit of Venus, when it will move between the Sun and Earth, will occur June 5 to 6, 2012. There are a few experiments for readers. Readers can see what the Magellan probe looks like. The photos are clear and interesting. A glossary and index are also included. The final page contains notes for parents and teachers offering further information and an experiment. A mix of drawing and photographs in this 24-page book will help both browsers and students working on assignments. Sidebars are distinguished from the main text by print size. This is part of the "QEB Solar System" series, which, taken as a whole, provides a good introduction for young readers to the sun, planets, moons, meteors, asteroids and comets. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo

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Product Details

QEB Publishing
Publication date:
Up in Space Series
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.25(d)
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

Rosalind Mist began her career as a rocket scientist before progressing to writing about science for children. When not writing or working for a scientific society, she can be found encouraging her bees to make honey. She lives in Surrey with her husband and a small flock of bantam chickens.

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