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by Bill Slavin (Illustrator), Paulette Bourgeois

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This lavishly illustrated book in the Starting with Space series is an innovative, hands-on approach to learning about the many wonders of the sun.


This lavishly illustrated book in the Starting with Space series is an innovative, hands-on approach to learning about the many wonders of the sun.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Kelly
This imaginative entry into the "Starting With Space" series combines stunning photos and bright watercolors with a clear and often humorous text to produce a lively and cohesive overview of our sun. Pieces of world mythology placed at the beginning of each chapter help young readers to understand the sun's fascinating and elusive nature throughout history. Bourgeois then builds on this information to provide facts about various solar aspects, from the sun's size to the increased use of solar energy. Creative and unique "Try It!" segments in each chapter offer young readers a chance for hands-on demonstrations of the sun's qualities. An index and glossary round out the book, which is sure to come in handy for teachers and parents, as well as young space enthusiasts. Other titles in the series include The Earth and The Moon.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4A broad scope makes these introductions useful and appealing; each includes not only basic scientific observations, but also briefly told myths and legends and instructions for easy, homespun demonstrationsall illustrated with a combination of color photos and lively cartoons. To capsule accounts of The Moon's physical history and features, Bourgeois adds explanations of phases and tides, a summary of lunar landings, and legends from around the world. After a look at the past and future of The Sun, she discusses its visible and invisible emissions, seasons, the ozone layer, and the northern lightsthe last accompanied by a particularly spectacular photo taken from space. Including instructions for a vinegar-and-baking-soda volcano, Nicolson describes the effects both of humans and of plate tectonics on The Earth, as well as our planet's origins. The interspersed activities include appropriate cautionary notes (especially in The Sun), and generally require no supplies beyond balls, string, and mirrors. One of the most intriguing needs no supplies at all; readers are invited to pick a night when the full moon looks huge, then to note the change in apparent size when viewed from between the legs. The spacious page layout, question-and-answer structure, and informal tone make these titles less intimidating to unpracticed readers than books like E. C. Krupp's The Moon and You (Macmillan, 1993) or the "Eyewitness Science" series (DK). Despite some overlap, they make inviting gateways to the study of matters astronomical.John Peters, New York Public Library

Product Details

Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
Starting with Space Series
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.31(d)
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley?s Party and The Bear on the Bed. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

Paulette Bourgeois is the author of more than 40 books for children, including the In My Neighborhood series and Oma?s Quilt. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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