Planets in Our Solar System

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Venus. Read about the eight planets in our solar system and Earth's special place in it. This book also includes instructions for making your own solar system mobile, and on the new "Find Out More" page learn how to track the moon and visit the best plant web sites.

Introduces the solar system and its nine planets. Includes directions for making two models, one...

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Overview

Where is it partly cloudy and 860°F?

Venus. Read about the eight planets in our solar system and Earth's special place in it. This book also includes instructions for making your own solar system mobile, and on the new "Find Out More" page learn how to track the moon and visit the best plant web sites.

Introduces the solar system and its nine planets. Includes directions for making two models, one showing relative sizes of the planets and the other their relative distances from the sun.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Part of the "Let's Read and Find Out" series of science books for the early grades, this book takes a quick look at the nine planets in our solar system. Photographs from Voyager and other space explorers are interspersed with colorful illustrations. The author conveys the scale of our solar system with understandable analogies, for instance, if Jupiter were a hollow ball, over 1,000 Earths could fit in it! Hands-on activities (planet mobile, interplanetary distance model) are described at the back, and web sites with further information are also provided. 1998 (orig
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Originally published in 1981, this title gets a facelift with the addition of some new information, including a brief list of Web sites, plus new illustrations. Though given to dogmatic statements like "The most important part of the solar system is the sun," Branley makes his points briefly and precisely, steering clear of distracting dialogue and side commentary. Also, rather than the more common one-planet-after-the-other tour, he groups together heavenly bodies, discussing temperature, size, and orbital length in comparative terms; the effect is to reinforce the idea of the solar system as a system rather than an assemblage of isolated elements. He finishes with instructions for a planetary mobile and several other simple projects. O'Malley creates a rudimentary story line in his illustrations, in which an African-American version of Ms. Frizzle guides a class around a planetarium, and inserts small astronomical photos into his cartoon scenes. Still one of the most basic books on the subject, this is a welcome replacement for the old edition.John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064451789
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series: Stage 2
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 89,084
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Franklyn M. Branley is one of the co-founders of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and the author of close to 150 popular books about scientific topics for young readers of all ages. He is Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium.

Dr. Branley lives in Sag Harbor, New York.

Kevin O'Malley has illustrated many entertaining books for children, including Too Many Kangaroo Things to Do! By Stuart J. Murphy, Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson, and his own Carl Caught a Flying Fish.

Kevin O'Malley lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2011

    recommended

    found it a little too wordy and the child (4yrs) to whom it was read, is very interested in the solar system.was losing interest toward the conclusion. Perhaps more geared to 5 year olds

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    GREAT BOOK!

    I bought this book for my grandson who is just 3 months shy of turning 4. He is very intelligent and enjoyed our reading this book to him. After we read the book, we asked him questions about what we had read and it was amazing what he had absorbed and how well he understood it.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    My grandchildren ask for repeat readings. They are 5 and 3.

    The series is well written and easy for all ages to understand and enjoy while learning. I am so happy I sent them to my grandchildren. They truly listen intently and if they miss something or have a question......I have the correct information in front of me to help them understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2000

    How far is Pluto?

    'The Planets in Our Solar System' is a fun way to teach children about the solar system. My students enjoyed all of the fun facts. Also check out ¿Arty the Part-Time Astronaut¿ which includes a CD. The two books made a great way to introduce the solar system to my class.

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