Moon

Moon

by Steve Tomecek
     
 

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A cartoon cat and bug explain scientific history and concepts regarding the Earth's moon: its ever-changing appearance, composition, comparisons to Earth and the sun, Galileo's observations and discoveries in 1609, astronauts, orbits, and other topics. Busy, colorful borders are full of decorative details based on the main pictures. A concluding craft project…  See more details below

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A cartoon cat and bug explain scientific history and concepts regarding the Earth's moon: its ever-changing appearance, composition, comparisons to Earth and the sun, Galileo's observations and discoveries in 1609, astronauts, orbits, and other topics. Busy, colorful borders are full of decorative details based on the main pictures. A concluding craft project gives instructions on how to make craters.

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Children's Literature
This colorful little book uses simple language to inform youngsters of a myriad of facts about our moon. It includes explanations of the moon's makeup and movement, a brief history of how and why humanity's ideas about the moon have changed over time, and a hands-on science project relating to the formation of moon craters. The text manages to simplify technical language without talking down to readers. Some of the spatial concepts presented in the section explaining the moon's rotation might be a bit beyond younger readers. However, the pictures are engaging enough to keep young readers' attention. A T-shirt sporting cat appears on every page, learning facts about the moon, as it were, with the child. The science project at the end is sure to intrigue and involve readers. Overall, the book is an engaging, comprehensive, and illuminating look at our nearest celestial neighbor. 2005, National Geographic Society, Ages 4 to 8.
—Courtney Angermeier
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-A cartoon cat and bug explain scientific history and concepts regarding the Earth's moon: its ever-changing appearance, composition, comparisons to Earth and the sun, Galileo's observations and discoveries in 1609, astronauts, orbits, and other topics. Busy, colorful borders are full of decorative details based on the main pictures. A concluding craft project gives instructions on how to make craters. While the use of a cat as a narrator detracts from the authenticity of this title as nonfiction, the material is reliable. Some students might be confused by the explanations of the Moon's orbit and size comparisons, but, as a whole, the book will appeal to children just starting to browse the nonfiction shelves. Pair it with Seymour Simon's The Moon (S & S, 1984), as its photographs will fascinate children.-Heather Ver Voort, Washington West Elementary, Olean, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792283041
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Jump Into Science Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.06(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Steve Tomecek is the Executive Director and founder of Science Plus, Inc. He is the author of numerous Jump Into Science® books as well as several other titles, including the winner of the 1996 American Institute of Physics Excellence in Science Writing Award. He lives in Bellerose, New York.

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