Ringed Giant: The Planet 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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404839564
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Amazing Science: Planets Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,443,361
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Loewen writes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Recent awards include: 2012 Minnesota Book Awards finalist (The LAST Day of Kindergarten); 2011 Bank Street's Best Children's Books of the Year (Share a Scare: Writing Your Own Scary Story); 2011 Book of Note, Tri-State Young Adult Review Committee (Stubborn as a Mule and Other Silly Similes); and 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (Writer's Toolbox Series). She's also received awards from The American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Society of School Librarians International. Nancy holds an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, St. Paul. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two teenage children.

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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Table of Contents

All Ears     4
A Ringed Beauty     6
Saturn's Place in Space     8
A Gas Giant     10
A Windy Planet     12
Days and Years     14
Rings Around the Planet     16
Many Moons     18
Studying Saturn     20
Dense, Denser, Densest     22
Fun Facts     23
Glossary     23
To Learn More     24
Index     24
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