Planets (Scholastic Discover More Series)

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Scholastic Discover More is a revolutionary new nonfiction line pairing stunning print books with corresponding interactive digital books that extend the learning online.

PLANETS unlocks a free 48-page digital companion book, AMAZING SPACE MACHINES, offering even more information, photos, and videos!

All children want to learn their place in the universe, discover how our planet fits into the solar system, and are blown away by the crazy, big ...

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Overview


Scholastic Discover More is a revolutionary new nonfiction line pairing stunning print books with corresponding interactive digital books that extend the learning online.

PLANETS unlocks a free 48-page digital companion book, AMAZING SPACE MACHINES, offering even more information, photos, and videos!

All children want to learn their place in the universe, discover how our planet fits into the solar system, and are blown away by the crazy, big facts and stats of space. Welcome to a tour of the major planets, moons, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, and other rocks and gas that orbit the sun. The latest NASA and European Space Station images, many unique to this book, are combined with up-to-the-minute information from space experts across the globe, and modern graphics to entice confident and reluctant readers alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
This tour of the solar system introduces the reader to planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and galaxies far away. Current facts from space scientists and fun graphics combine to give an intriguing view of space. The Contents page defines the scope of the information about space. Colorful photographs and definitive graphics show the objects in space. A space exploration time line covers the period from Copernicus view in 1543 to the Hubble Space Telescope view in 1990. The planets are explained in detail, and the first moon landing on July 20, 1969, shows America's success in space exploration. Observatories, rockets, space shuttles, and the International Space Station (ISS) portray America's commitment to space exploration. A Glossary defines relevant terms, and the Index provides easy navigation through the text. This book is part of the "Discover More" series which includes Penguins, The Elements, Ocean and Sea, Farm, See Me Grow, Technology, and Night Sky. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Unexceptional in informational content but handsomely laid out and well endowed with special features, this introduction to the solar system and space exploration merits a spot in deeper, high-demand collections. It features single topic spreads on which sharply reproduced astronomy photos and images mingle with (usually) white on black captions, facts, cross references, and two or three sentence blocks of text. Spreads on the Moon landings, the Galileo probe, the Milky Way and extrasolar planets, observatories, and several other related topics, plus a short interview with an astronaut, expand the customary planet-by-planet tour—as does a downloadable ebook supplement (for Mac or PC) with video clips and quizzes that takes detailed looks at six significant probes and spacecraft. Oddly phrased claims include, "[i]t takes one day for Earth to rotate on itself," and that a solar flare "cut off the telegraph wires 150 years ago." An assertion that the dwarf planets are all farther away from the Sun than the primary ones is incorrect, an implication that Mercury's entire surface is a uniform temperature is misleading, and the space exploration time line stops at 2001. Furthermore, aside from an oblique nod in the astronaut interview, the end of the space shuttle program goes unmentioned. Consider as an appealing, if supplementary, choice.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545330282
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Scholastic Discover More Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 271,136
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Penny Arlon is an author who writes children's non-fiction, taking inspiration from her children. Her books range from pre-school to family reference, and include the Art Attack books, based on the award-winning CITV children's television programme, and all 14 titles in Dorling Kindersley's Eye Know series.
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