Children's Literature - Susan FournierAs a teacher, it is often difficult to find interesting informational books that my beginning readers can actually read. This is one book that fits the criteria. The book answers many of the questions that children have about stars. It includes specific facts on the sun, the make up of a star, what happens during an eclipse, and a historical look at how stars helped early navigators. All of these interesting facts are found in a book with colorful and exciting illustrations that add important clues for the beginning reader as he or she begins to gain meaning from text. This book is in a series called "All Aboard Books." The author designed it for preschool- grade 1, but I think it would be useful and interesting for readers in all the primary grades.
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2A simple introduction to stars and constellations. The text is straightforward and supported and expanded by full-color illustrations. Though no "special ways to look at an eclipse without hurting your eyes" are explained, the clear illustration is almost self-explanatory and should encourage readers to ask questions. Books such as Gail Gibbons's Stargazers (Holiday, 1992) and Sidney Rosen's How Far Is a Star? (Carolrhoda, 1992) should be available for readers who want to learn more. As a beginning reader, Stars is a good springboard for budding astronomers.Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
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