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Children's LiteratureGenerally, the books from "Isaac Asimov's 21st Century Library of the Universe" series are soundly written with plenty of clear scientific explanations and interesting facts, but they are not terribly exciting. Each book reads like the next, as they all progress through the history of scientific discoveries leading to what we know about the particularly celestial body today. But this volume escapes the rigid formatting and repetitive writing of the series and shines in its impressive content. The book begins with a time-lapse photo sequence of the moon and Venus moving across the Oklahoma sky. It also includes a marvelous photograph of the planet's clouds along its north pole. This is certainly one of the better volumes from the series, probably because scientists know more about Venus than they know about more distant planets. This is certainly one of the better volumes from the series. It is a wonderful addition to a classroom or school library. 2004 (orig. 1988), Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 6 to 10.