Planets in Our Solar System

Planets in Our Solar System

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by Franklyn Mansfield Branley, Don Madden
     
 

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You live on Earth, so you already know a lot about it. But do you know about its place in out solar system? For instance, it's not the largest planet. If Jupiter were a hallow ball, 1,000 Earths would fit inside it. And did you know our planet Earth takes 365 days to go around the sun, while the planet Pluto takes 248 years?

This simple text by Franklyn M.

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Overview

You live on Earth, so you already know a lot about it. But do you know about its place in out solar system? For instance, it's not the largest planet. If Jupiter were a hallow ball, 1,000 Earths would fit inside it. And did you know our planet Earth takes 365 days to go around the sun, while the planet Pluto takes 248 years?

This simple text by Franklyn M. Branely introduces the nine planets in our solar system and is complemented by Kevin O'Malley's full-color illustrations, which incorporate some of the newest space photographs available. How hot is it on Venus? Which planet takes longest to orbit the sun? Find out the answers in this updated version of this popular text. Kevin O'Malleys often humorous illustrations depict a group of children and an astronomer as they learn all about our solar system. Included are some of the newest space photographs available, as well as many hands-on activities.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064450645
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/1987
Series:
Trophy Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Bk.
Edition description:
Rev. ed
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
6.87(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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