Postcards from Pluto: A Tour of the Solar System

Postcards from Pluto: A Tour of the Solar System

by Loreen Leedy

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Dr. Quasar gives a group of children a tour of the solar system, describing each of the planets from Mercury to Pluto. See more details below

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Dr. Quasar gives a group of children a tour of the solar system, describing each of the planets from Mercury to Pluto.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A quick tour of the solar system from the author of Blast Off to Earth! (Holiday, 1992). Six young, ethnically diverse tourists, led by a robot named Dr. Quasar, travel to each planet in succession, and send their impressions back home on postcards addressed to appropriate towns-Sun Valley, Idaho (from the sun), Cupid City, New York (from Venus), Sideways, Michigan (from Uranus), etc. Leedy's large, very simple paintings of the planets are done in muted colors, and are suspended against a starry black backdrop. Stories superimposed on science picture books tend to have thin plots, and this one is no exception, but the author/artist selects intriguing facts and conveys them with clarity and humor. She supplies additional information in dialogue balloons. Use this to prepare readers for Franklyn M. Branley's Planets in Our Solar System (HarperCollins, 1987), or for the wealth of easy introductions to the subject illustrated with photographs.-John Peters, New York Public Library
Stephanie Zvirin
Another book about the planets? Yes, but this clever survey of the heavens is definitely worth having on hand. In it, robot tour guide Dr. Quasar conducts a happy multicultural group of kids on a spaceship holiday trip that makes the fiery red-orange sun its first flyby. What's different about this celestial excursion is that Earth-bound postcards are allowed. It's through these hand-printed missives that most of the information is conveyed, with more delivered through balloon dialogues between Quasar and his eager passengers. As brief as they are, the cards evoke the distinct personalities of their senders (Lin's are poems; Ray's are rebuses; Eric's are little quizzes), and the cards' addresses are saturated with puns that will make older readers giggle in spite of themselves: Eric's postcard about Neptune goes to Mr. Trident, who lives in Ocean City; Ray writes to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sol Corona. But humor aside, Leedy never forgets her purpose, and that, coupled with deeply colored, dappled double-page spreads on which the heavens are laid out with a firm hand, is what makes this star-studded journey so very spectacular.

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Holiday House, Inc.
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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