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Our Solar System (revised edition) [NOOK Book]

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In this completely updated edition of Our Solar System, Seymour Simon takes young readers on a fascinating tour through space! With beautiful full-color photographs and spacecraft images, young readers will learn all about the beginning of the solar system, including the sun and the eight planets and their moons. This book includes a glossary and an index.

Seymour Simon knows how to explain science to kids and make it fun. He was a teacher for ...

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Overview

In this completely updated edition of Our Solar System, Seymour Simon takes young readers on a fascinating tour through space! With beautiful full-color photographs and spacecraft images, young readers will learn all about the beginning of the solar system, including the sun and the eight planets and their moons. This book includes a glossary and an index.

Seymour Simon knows how to explain science to kids and make it fun. He was a teacher for more than twenty years, has written more than 250 books, and has won multiple awards.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
10/01/2014
Gr 3–6—Revised and updated, this edition takes readers on a journey through the solar system with upgraded photos, content, and glossary from its predecessors (1992, 2007). While much of the content remains the same as the previous edition, small details have been adjusted, such as Jupiter's clouds, which are no longer "mostly hydrogen gas, not water droplets like clouds on Earth" but are now simply "frozen ammonia droplets." Although these details may be nearly imperceptible to young readers, what will stand out are the captivating photographs. The images, many of which are from NASA, are remarkably crisp and more detailed than before, giving a nod to changes in imaging technology in the past decade. As stated in the author's note, Simon uses comparisons to help readers comprehend the scale of these celestial masses ("If Earth were the size of a basketball, the sun would be as big as a basketball court."). He does not return the favor for specific calculations, though, thus leaving readers to grapple with the meaning of "the crust, which ranges from 5 to 30 miles deep" and "the mantle, an 1,800-mile-thick layer of heavy rock." Furthermore, some words do not appear in the glossary, such as typhoon and asteroid, and the unexplained transition from "800 degrees Fahrenheit" to "-300°F" may confuse some readers. However, the brief overview of the solar system and the spacecraft sent to explore it make this title a worthwhile consideration for school and public libraries.—Meaghan Darling, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062334367
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Sales rank: 206,899
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: NC1020L (what's this?)
  • File size: 34 MB
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Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    Wonderful non-fiction book for children

    This is a wonderful book that will not only educate children about the Solar System, but entertain them as they learn. Simon provides just enough information about each feature to wow a child, yet not so much information to risk overwhelming them. He uses simple sentence structure, makes his point and moves on to the next point. Children will also appreciate the large font that the book is written in. Included in the illustrations are exceptional photographs, as well as drawings and diagrams to further educate children about the Solar System. I highly recommend this book for lower elementary-aged children.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Our Solar System is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    outstanding

    this is a great book. It deservers 500 stars

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Scientest

    Greastest solar system book ever

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

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    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    12333

    How many pages?

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    July 2 2012

    I like it just a little

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2002

    good.

    good.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2014

    Mr. Simon has written a nice nonfiction book about our solar sys

    Mr. Simon has written a nice nonfiction book about our solar system. He explains a lot of things, and taught me some new things, like why Pluto is considered a dwarf planet (this is part of the "updated" version of this book). I think that he explains things in a simple way that kids can understand. The pictures in the book are cool. I like that there is a glossary in the back. I wish some of the illustrations had captions on them. I think it is a great choice for an introduction to the solar system for kids.
    *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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