Saturn

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Discusses what we know about the size, density, atmosphere, rings, and moons of Saturn, ...

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Overview

The books in the highly praised First Book series provide basic facts on subjects in the social studies, the sciences, sports, and practical and fine arts. An inviting format, lively text, and interesting illustrations make these books especially popular with young readers. Each book is indexed and, where appropriate, includes a glossary, maps, further reading, and bibliography.

Discusses what we know about the size, density, atmosphere, rings, and moons of Saturn, as well as what we may learn in the future.

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
When Galileo Galilei first saw Saturn through his telescope in 1610, he proclaimed that it had "ears." Thus, mankind's first impression of the queen of planets was driven by the striking form that Saturn's rings give to it. The many rings of Saturn are, in fact, independently orbiting fields of ice and debris. They draw their color from the mineral content that is, in turn, given a vibrancy by the frigid temperatures of both Saturn's atmosphere and its surface. While there are three other planets in our solar system that have rings, none of them are as visually compelling as Saturn is. The story of this striking planet, its many moons and man's efforts to learn its secrets, makes up this excellent book of science. Through a fast paced text and many photographs and illustrations, the author draws the reader into the world of Saturn. With eighteen named moons and perhaps a dozen more as yet to be labeled, Saturn is itself an interesting system in the larger planetary system that we live within. Titan, the largest moon in our solar system, has drawn the attention of NASA to such an extent that, in 1997, the most complex space probe yet designed was launched to investigate its surface. In 2001 that probe should land on Titan and afford us incredible new information about it and Saturn. Through reading this text, one is provided a literate and informative appetizer for that in-depth information.
Children's Literature - Scott S. Floyd
This is the planet most known by its rings. But what else is there to this planet? How about the seasons that change every seven and a half years? One Saturn year equals about twenty-nine and a half Earth years. Although Saturn is the one of the largest planets in our solar system, it is also one of the least dense. This book is packed with interesting information along with a glossary, charts, some history, and detailed photographs. You cannot ask for much more in a science reference book, one that is ideally suited for the classroom. Part of the "Books About Space" series.
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Gr 4-6-As scientists have recently discovered, it is not always necessary to send probes out into space to learn more about the solar system. Sometimes parts of the solar system come to us, with effects that range from pretty streaks in the night sky to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Though most meteorites have a cometary origin, in Asteroids, Bonar discusses the rocky debris that has taken up closer residence-not just between Mars and Jupiter but all over the inner system-debris that intersects Earth's orbit often enough to engender an international search and mapping effort (not to mention several disaster movies). Landau updates Saturn (Watts, 1991) with a report on observations gathered with the Hubble Space Telescope, plus a chapter on the construction and mission of the Cassini/Huygens probe, currently en route. Both surveys are profusely illustrated with color photos, attended by captions specifying computer manipulations and enhancements, and end with lists of books and Web sites. Bonar's book is flawed by oversimplifications ("Only 60 people have been struck by a meteorite in the last 3000 years." "The risk of dying from an asteroid impact is about the same as the risk of dying from a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or flood") and so makes a weak alternative to Seymour Simon's Comets, Meteors and Asteroids (Morrow, 1998); Landau's title is a surer bet, taking Larry Brimner's Saturn (Children's, 1999) to a higher level of detail.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Gr 3-6-- These attractive volumes offer much for report writers and browsers. Each begins with a brief overview of the discovery of the planet. With plenty of full-color and black-and-white photographs and paintings, the authors detail what we know, suspect, and hope to find out about Earth's close neighbor Venus and the mysterious ringed Saturn. Although these are called ``First Books,'' they are by no means as elementary as the planet series from Children's Press. There is much technical information presented, especially in Venus as Schloss discusses land formations and the complex instruments that made this data available. Libraries owning books on planets written before the 1980s will want to update their collections with these titles, which cover the Pioneer and Magellan spacecraft missions. While not as distinguished as Franklyn Branley's Saturn: The Spectacular Planet (HarperCollins, 1987), both offer solid texts in enticing packages. --Denia Lewis Hester, Dewey School, Evanston, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531157718
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Series: First Books Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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