Saturn

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A description of the planet Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest planet in the solar system, after Jupiter. The text discusses Saturn's distinguishing characteristics, its position in the solar system, its composition and atmospheric conditions, its moons and rings, and how scientists have learned about Saturn over time. Color photos and diagrams enhance understanding of the text.

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Overview

A description of the planet Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest planet in the solar system, after Jupiter. The text discusses Saturn's distinguishing characteristics, its position in the solar system, its composition and atmospheric conditions, its moons and rings, and how scientists have learned about Saturn over time. Color photos and diagrams enhance understanding of the text.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The "Early Bird Astronomy" series introduces beginning astronomers to the planets in five chapters of simple text augmented by lots of pictures, many in bright colors on black backgrounds. Saturn, named for the Roman god of agriculture, is described and shown in the night sky. Chapter two places Saturn in our solar system with pictures and diagrams of its orbit, rotation (speedy), revolution, and comparative size (second largest). Another section shows pictures of the planet's swirling gases, storms, and bands of clouds; a frozen beard in Antarctica and a twirling young dancer with her skirt flying illustrate Saturn's frozen atmosphere and bulging middle. Kids will probably be most fascinated by Saturn's famous rings (shown in photos from the Cassini spacecraft), but surprised to find that the "ringed planet' also has about sixty moons, some of which look like rocky potatoes. Chapter five shows Galileo's first tentative drawing of Saturn and a later telescope of Christiaan Huygens, discoverer of the rings. Among photos from the spacecraft Pioneer, the Voyagers, Huygens, and Cassini, ones of the surface of Titan, Saturn's giant moon, are especially striking. Parents may find the page "On Sharing a Book" helpful. Includes a bibliography of books and websites, as well as a glossary and an index for young readers. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3–These stimulating volumes each cover one planet’s internal and external structures, major moons (if any), and significant visits by space probes; Pluto also includes mentions of three other recently designated or discovered dwarf planets. The books in this series open with lists of words to look out for in the narrative, include picture captions that restate information in the accompanying text or even ask questions about it, and close with multimedia resource lists, as well as suggestions for adults on good ways to share and discuss books. Fleisher offers some uncommon information, noting for example that Venus’s day is longer than its year. The books are enhanced with mixes of space art and photography that has been reproduced with special attention to image sharpness and color clarity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761349853
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Hamilton Waxman has written many books for the History Maker Bios series, including Jimmy Carter, Colin Powell, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Marie Curie, and Sequoyah. She has also written in the Creative Minds Biographies series.

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