Our Home Planet: Earth

Our Home Planet: Earth

by Nancy Loewen
     
 

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Earth is the only planet known to support life. It has plenty of water, it's the right temperature, and it has a blanket of gases to protect it. Explore your own home planet in this book about Earth.

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Earth is the only planet known to support life. It has plenty of water, it's the right temperature, and it has a blanket of gases to protect it. Explore your own home planet in this book about Earth.

Editorial Reviews

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 Earth as a "beautiful marble" seen from outer space, with an abundance of water and life-supporting temperatures. Through both pictures and text, the book explains Earth's blanket of gases, the tilt of its axis, and its changing surface, erupting volcanoes, and shifting plates. Kids will learn that our moon orbits Earth, kept in place by gravity, while the moon's gravity causes the Earth's ocean tides. Suggesting flat acrylic paintings, Yesh's illustrations are actually created with digital media. Though not realistic in style, their brilliant colors on dark backgrounds make them eye-catching, often glowing, as in a depiction of a father and daughter viewing a full moon and planets from their backyard. Loewen provides directions for a simple science/art project that involves making a circular collage from photos of colorful life on Earth, then mounting it on dark blue paper. Included are a glossary, a short bibliography of children's books about the planet, and a few more Earth facts, such as that we experience both solar and lunar eclipses. 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

ISBN-13:
9781404839519
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Amazing Science: Planets Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
939,407
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
IG740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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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