The Sideways Planet: Uranus

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Which pole is north? Which pole is south? It's hard to tell on the sideways planet of Uranus. Explore the gas giant's strange position, its rings, moons, and more in this book about Uranus.
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Overview

Which pole is north? Which pole is south? It's hard to tell on the sideways planet of Uranus. Explore the gas giant's strange position, its rings, moons, and more in this book about Uranus.
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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 Uranus as if viewing it through William Herschel's telescope in 1781 (he first thought it was a comet). Through pictures and text, the book explains Uranus' huge size, its tightly compressed gases, unique sideways tilt, and extremely long year. Kids will learn that blue-green Uranus, like the other gas giants, has rings of dust, rock, and ice, as well as 27 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 a planet-sized object slamming into Uranus and knocking it sideways. Loewen suggests a simple science project that indicates the immense size of our solar system using balls and a large open space. Included are a glossary, a short bibliography of children's books about the planet, and a few more Uranus facts, such as that only one spacecraft has ever approached Uranus (Voyager 2 in 1986). 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: 9781404839571
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Amazing Science: Planets Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: IG860L (what's this?)
  • 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

Is It a Comet?     4
New Ideas     6
A Gas Giant     8
Under Pressure     10
Hot and Cold     12
The Sideways Planet     14
Days and Years     16
Strange Seasons     18
Moons and Rings     20
Stepping Out in Space     22
Fun Facts     23
Glossary     23
To Learn More     24
Index     24
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