Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotEarth looks like a blue marble from space and it supports a variety of climates and habitats that make it possible to sustain plant and animal life. Earth orbits the sun and its path is an ellipse; it takes 365 days and 6 hours to complete its orbit. A day is added to February every four years to make up those extra hours. Earth is the only planet where water exists in its three states on the surface. Water on Earth circulates constantly through the hydrologic cycle. The Earth’s mantle is a semisolid and moveable layer of rock. The atmosphere wraps the planet like a blanket. Earth is divided into 24 standardized time zones. While most countries have accepted these time zones a few have notChina, which spans three time zones, only uses one. Ancient civilizations had many theories about the earth and its relationship to the sun and moon, but it was not until the invention of the telescope that many answers were founds and myths were debunked. Satellites today send images of earth from space and probes reach deep inside the Earth. There are many missions underway to better understand the oceans and map the land under the seas. The answer to the question posed at the beginning of the book follows the “True Statistics” section and even the back cover contains some interesting information. The book’s generous full color photographs and illustrations help easily explain the facts. The books in this “New True Books: Space” series about the planets and Earth’s moon offer an enticing format. The first page challenges readers to find out which of two statements is true. There is an arrow that contains the text: “Find the answers in this book.” To help young readers appreciate the format of more substantial books for older readers, this one contains a content spread that lists each chapter heading followed by an intriguing question. There are also references to the back matter containing true statistics, resources, important words, an index and a brief blurb about the author. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot; Ages 8 to 10.
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