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Children's LiteratureThe center of our solar system is also the subject of this book, which examines the sun's cultural history, its geologic lifespan, and the physics behind its heat and light. Individual chapters explore historical notions about the sun, its genesis, chemical composition, and eventual death. Boldface terms in the text lead to glossary definitions; these, along with the index and bibliography, provide a helpful start for science reports. Simple experiments (creating a nebula in a teacup, for example) will aid budding scientists. Although metric and non-metric units are used a little too interchangeably, scientific concepts are generally well explained (with the aid of the glossary) and are supplemented with explanatory sidebars and diagrams. The text is secondary to the plentiful illustrations, however. The stylized artwork of the cover and chapter openings suggest a 1950s filmstrip and provide a retro feel, but the digital images and NASA photographs illustrating the majority of the text place the book firmly in the twenty-first century. Virtual solarscapes and futuristic landscapes of the earth's demise in the shadow of a red giant lift the book beyond basic science and into the realm of the imagination. Part of the "Worlds Beyond" series.