This book gives young readers an introduction to the celestial bodies that make up the earth's solar system, including the eight planets, the three dwarf planets, the asteroid belt, and a multitude of comets. The book also covers the basics of planet classification, explaining the differences between gaseous and rocky planets and the relation of planets to the sun. Colorful pictures and illustrations that are as engaging as they are diverse reinforce the accompanying text on each page. The small book size is perfect for the smaller hands of its young readers. Part of the "Out in Space" series, this book contains a glossary of new words, an index, a list of additional book sources for interested readers, and an address for accessing the publisher's online search engine. Like all of the books in this series, it is easy to read. Simple sentences make this book a great selection for young students learning about planets for the first time. Reviewer: Jamie Hain
Martha E. H. Rustad is the author of more than one hundred nonfiction children's books, on topics ranging from baby ducks to black holes to ancient Babylon. She lives with her family in Brainerd, Minnesota.