School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6-Originally published in Spain, these introductions to the universe hark back to the series of yesteryear, with errors of fact (in Planet, ``Earth's atmosphere is largely composed of oxygen...''); careless phrasing (in Satellite, a reference to the Moon's ``shiny face,'' and, in Planet, to the Earth and ``other stars''); inconsistent information (in Galaxies, the number of galaxies in the universe shrinks from ``about a trillion'' to ``about a billion''); and decorative but rarely revealing full-color paintings, which are misleadingly made to resemble-and sometimes are, inexplicably, copies of-photographs. Each title concludes with an unenticing activity; in Planet, a sundial requires ``...a triangle in which one of the angles must be the same as the latitude of your location.'' With so many better books on these subjects available, these volumes are superfluous.-John Peters, New York Public Library
Carolyn PhelanTranslated from the original Spanish editions, the Window on the Universe series explores astronomical subjects in succinctly written text and full-color illustrations. Each two-page spread concerns a single subject, such as "Observing a Lunar Eclipse" or "The Far Side of the Moon." Large, captioned paintings appear throughout, along with smaller ones, such as a series of four pictures illustrating the formation of a crater. A good resource for school astronomy units and readable in its own right, "Moon" would be a useful addition to many libraries. Other books in the series include "Galaxies" and "Our Planet: Earth", which appear in the Series Roundup.
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