Watching the Sun

Watching the Sun

by Edana Eckart

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Children's Literature
With this title beginning readers are introduced to valuable information about the sun's daily cycle. Two-page presentations in this small book from the "Welcome Nature" series feature brief descriptive narration in large primary font on white background complemented by a color photograph on the opposite page. The bright images reflect the feeling of "almost being there" and combine with the text to help students achieve an understanding of the concepts. Coverage begins with the darkness before the sun rises, dawn, noon day's highest place in the sky, sunset, and the darkness of night. There is discussion about heat generation and need to protect eyes from sun. An unusual quirk is the capitalization of the word "Sun" throughout the text. The book has all the ingredients needed for teaching research skills—table of contents, new words (bolded in the text), two suggested titles, web site, and an index. However, the definitions, web site and titles are problematic. The meanings lack clarity and are too lengthy for the age group. Books listed have no copyright date and some are outdated or inappropriate for the age group. The site listed is a dead link. Despite these glitches, this is an excellent choice for the younger set to discover the daily sequence of "old Sol." 2004, Children's Press, Ages 5 to 8.
—Barbara Troisi
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Simple sentences tell about the moon, seasons, and sun. Unfortunately, these basic facts do not provide more information than what most children will already know. In addition, generalizations and simplifications may lead to some misconceptions, e.g., the sun rises and sets, that the weather is very cold in the winter, that leaves change color in the fall, and that the moon has holes in it called craters (defined in the glossary as "large holes in the ground caused by bombs or falling objects"). Each spread consists of a line or two of large-print text opposite a colorful stock photo. The "Rookie Read-About Science" series does a better, more accurate job of presenting information about the sun and moon.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
Welcome Books Series
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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