What's So Special about Planet Earth?

Overview


Move to another planet? Sounds interesting! In our imaginary spaceship, let's check out the planets in our solar system. Mercury is closest, but it has no air, and it's either sizzling hot or bitterly cold. The atmosphere on Venus is poisonous; plus, human beings would cook there. Mars might work, but you'd always have to be in a protective shelter. And if you got to the outer planets, you couldn't even land as they are mostly made of gas! Our home planet is looking good. Why is Earth so comfortable for plants, ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $2.41   
  • New (7) from $3.07   
  • Used (4) from $2.41   

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (NOOK Kids - Digital Original)
$6.99
BN.com price
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.

Overview


Move to another planet? Sounds interesting! In our imaginary spaceship, let's check out the planets in our solar system. Mercury is closest, but it has no air, and it's either sizzling hot or bitterly cold. The atmosphere on Venus is poisonous; plus, human beings would cook there. Mars might work, but you'd always have to be in a protective shelter. And if you got to the outer planets, you couldn't even land as they are mostly made of gas! Our home planet is looking good. Why is Earth so comfortable for plants, animals, and people? As Robert E. Wells explains, it's because of our just-right position form the sun, marvelous atmosphere, and abundant water. Our planet is very special and perfect for us, and that's why we must do all we can to keep Earth healthy.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
With the recent discovery of Gliese 581, a planet that may be able to support life, this excellent book arrives at a great time, and is sure to be a favorite in any beginning science classroom. The author takes an easy, conversational approach to his topic, addressing the reader directly. Wells first points out that Earth's weather can sometimes be rather uncomfortable, and wonders if any of the other seven planets might be a better place to live (yes, Pluto is no longer considered a planet). He then takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of our solar system, providing enough information for young minds to grasp and understand without overwhelming them. The author makes the information personal, too. For example, he succinctly describes the hot surface temperature of Venus by exclaiming, "Get out fast, before you're cooked!" At the end of the book, he returns to the subject of Earth, and explains why conditions on Earth favor life, and some things that we can do to help our planet, such as cutting down on pollution and promoting efficient energy. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and in some cases resemble comic book panels. In an age when so many beginning science books are either boring, overwhelming, or detached from daily life, this one stands out as a welcome exception. Scientifically accurate, witty, and humorous, this is a great book to give to young students, or even adults who want a concise explanation of our solar system. Reviewer: Leona Illig
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Wells's signature style is exhibited in his cartoon illustrations and conversational text. Readers follow two boys and their dog as they are taken from Earth on a trip to the other seven planets in a spacecraft that's fast enough to give a quick tour. At each stop the narrator explains why humans could not live there. The characters are promptly returned to Earth, and the book explains why it's the only planet that is just right for humans. Each page is filled with acrylic-and-pen illustrations and plenty of text but the title is not as overwhelming as it may first appear. Useful as an introduction to planet research, the book will work as a read-aloud or for independent reading.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Wells explores the characteristics that make Earth capable of sustaining life. Beginning with an imaginary journey through the solar system, a boy and a girl visit the other seven planets and see firsthand why they are uninhabitable, learning some facts about each along the way. Earth is special because of its distance from the sun, atmosphere and water. The final few pages discuss ways that humans have not always taken care of these valuable resources and how they can be conserved. While the overall text has an offhand, casual manner, the backmatter includes several paragraphs that will get readers to think more deeply about some of the subjects raised, such as the planets' differing orbits and the possibility of finding another planet like ours somewhere in the universe. The pen-and-acrylic illustrations suit the informal tone of the text and feature a cartoon boy and girl being piloted around the solar system by a monkey. Those toward the back get more serious as they promote a conservation message. A good beginning look at the special features that make Earth our home. (Informational picture book. 5-9)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807588161
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Wells of Knowledge Science Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 675,899
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)