Sun up, Sun Down: The Story of Day and Nightby Jacqui Bailey, Matthew Lilly
Follows the sun from dawn to dusk to explain how light rays travel, how shadows are formed, how the moon lights up the night sky, and more. Includes activity.
Children's LiteraturePart of the "Science Works" series, this fact filled book teaches readers about the sun and the moon, the sun and moon's relationship to the Earth, and the effect they both have on all our everyday activities. Children will learn that the Earth is constantly spinning as it travels around the sun and that the moon only shines because the sun's light is being reflected off of it. Readers will also learn that the sun is a gigantic mix of incredibly hot gases and is more than one hundred times bigger than the Earth. The cartoon-like illustrations try to inject humor with their thought bubble asides and the pictures help explain a lot of the ideas expressed. An activity is also included at the back of the book on how to make your own sundial. Fact Hound, a web site mentioned on the final page, refers readers who are interested in learning more to additional web sites related to teaching about the sun and the moon. 2004 (orig. 2003), Picture Window Books, Ages 9 to 12.
School Library JournalGr 2-4-These excellent science books explain their subjects lucidly and sometimes amusingly. In Bones, a Coelophysis misses its prey, crashes into a river, breaks its back, and drowns, although the skeleton keeps up a running commentary throughout the rest of the book, even when it is in pieces and stored on the shelf in a museum. From there, the author takes readers and the dinosaur step-by-step through fossilization, rock layering and upheaval, discovery by hikers of a fossil, the unearthing of other fossil bones by paleontologists, and ultimate classification, reconstruction, and exhibition in a museum. The second title guides readers through a day on Earth, clearly explaining the effect of Earth's rotation and orbit. Color cartoons, while less inspired than those in Joanna Cole's "Magic School Bus" series (Scholastic), keep the books lively and enticing, and children will be illuminated and engaged. End matter includes "More Great Stuff to Know," "Try It and See," and a small trivia section. A meta-Web site, FactHound.com, crawls the Web for sites related to the topics and vets them and makes sure the links work. First choices for any collection.-Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
- Capstone Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
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