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Children's LiteratureThe sun is not solid like Earth; it is made up of a boiling mass of gases. Its energy comes from deep within its core. Without the sun, there would be no life on Earth! Readers of this slim book will learn how the sun's powerful energy makes all living things possible on Earth and shows how electricity is created using this power. The text is double-spaced and in a large font yet contains a challenging vocabulary. Numerous pictures add to the text; one photograph of the sun in a glowing, burning orange with its obvious heat emanating from it, surrounded by swirling gas is particularly phenomenal. Excellent resources to aid readers in their study of solar power are found in the back of the book in the form of books, online sites and recommendations of pertinent organizations. An "Important Word" section defines unfamiliar terms or words such as chlorophyll, nuclear fusion and photovoltaic cells. The author is a middle school science teacher in Minnesota who enjoys wildlife and was formerly employed by the California Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. Recommended. 2004, Children's Press/Scholastic, Ages 8 to 10.
—Cindy L. Carolan