The Planets

The Planets

by Carmel Reilly

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
It's good to get to know your neighbors, and in this book in the "Sky Watching" series, young readers will both learn about the planets in our solar system and gain a deeper understanding of our own planet as well. The book covers topics such as the appearance and composition of the planets; conditions on and around the rocky planets and the gas giants; the movement of the planets; how the planets affect earth; and the future of the planets. The organization of the material is outstanding, since the author uses facts to construct a cohesive, entertaining narrative. Astronomy is full of ideas and terms that are likely to be unfamiliar to young readers. The author, however, breaks down complex information into pieces that can be easily understood. In most chapters, a short introductory paragraph, which contains a number of facts about the topic at hand, is presented. Then, the ideas in that paragraph are explained and expanded upon in three or four short paragraphs following the introduction. Despite a misleading statement comparing the movement of stars and planets at night on page 9, this book is, overall, excellent. The size of the book is ideal: big enough to do justice to the photographs and pictures, but not so large that it is hard for small hands to hold. Charts, graphs, photographs, illustrations, and "Planet Fact" sidebars work together to illustrate the various points. The book, which contains a list of related websites, a glossary, and an index, will be a valuable addition to any schoolroom, library, or home. Reviewer: Leona Illig

Product Details

Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
Sky Watching Series
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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