Ringed Giant: The Planet Saturn

Ringed Giant: The Planet Saturn

by Nancy Loewen, Jeff Yesh
     
 

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Even though they look solid, Saturn's rings are actually made of billions of pieces of rock and ice—some as big as a house! Explore the planet's rings, moons, and more in this book about Saturn.

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Even though they look solid, Saturn's rings are actually made of billions of pieces of rock and ice—some as big as a house! Explore the planet's rings, moons, and more in this book about Saturn.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
With its large square pages and poster-bright pictures, the "Amazing Science: Planet" series is designed to have maximum visual appeal for young space explorers. It largely succeeds, presenting quite a bit of information about each planet in nine double-page spreads (liberally sprinkled with "Fun Facts" boxes) that show sizes, composition, surfaces, orbits, rotations, and something about each planet's exploration. Readers are introduced to Saturn as if a viewing it through Galileo's telescope of 1610 (Galileo thought Saturn had ears). Through pictures and text, the book explains the discovery of Saturn's rings in 1659, the lightweight planet's layers of hydrogen gas, its exceptionally strong winds, and its short days in contrast to an orbit of 29 years. Kids will learn that, in addition to its famous rings of rock and ice, Saturn is accompanied by at least 56 moons. Suggesting flat acrylic paintings, Yesh's illustrations are actually created with digital media. Though not realistic in style, their brilliant colors on dark backgrounds make them eye-catching, often glowing, and sometimes action-filled, as in a depiction of the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft orbiting Saturn, as it has since 2004. Loewen suggests a simple science project that demonstrates density with crumpled newspaper in a box. Includes a glossary, a short bibliography of children's books about the planet, and a few more Saturn facts, such as that its gravity is similar to Earth's. This lively series should be fun for budding astronomers; who knows, it might inspire some planetary poetry or astronomical art. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781404839564
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Amazing Science: Planets Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
768,098
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
IG760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Nancy Loewen has published many books for kids. She’s a two-time Minnesota Book Award finalist (Four to the Pole and The LAST Day of Kindergarten) and the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer’s Toolbox series). She holds an MFA from Hamline University in St. Paul. Nancy has two children and lives near Minneapolis. To learn more, visit www. nancyloewen.com.

Jeff Yesh is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer whose award-winning work has been featured in multiple children's books. As a freelance artist, he splits his time illustrating both fiction and non-fiction works enjoyed by all ages, in addition to designing material for a wide variety of clients in the advertising and sports industries. Born and raised in Indiana, Jeff graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Jeff enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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