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Night Wonders
     

Night Wonders

by Jane Ann Peddicord, Jane Ann Peddicord (Illustrator)
 

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When you shine a flashlight into the night sky, the light speeds away from you at 186,000 miles per second. If the light escapes the Earth's atmosphere, it can soar through outer space and on to the stars. How would you like to stow aboard that flight?

In this book, you can catch a ride on a light beam as it travels across our solar system and through our galaxy.

Overview

When you shine a flashlight into the night sky, the light speeds away from you at 186,000 miles per second. If the light escapes the Earth's atmosphere, it can soar through outer space and on to the stars. How would you like to stow aboard that flight?

In this book, you can catch a ride on a light beam as it travels across our solar system and through our galaxy. Head to the distant edges of our universe—and find out why you might just end up back home!

Stunning images give you a close-up view of the Moon, Sun, stars, and more.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-"I passed the planets one by one/revolving round the glowing Sun,/then sped through empty space so far/our Sun looked like a distant star-." Riding a beam of light in her imagination, Peddicord travels a long, long way, past stars and glowing nebulae, into intergalactic space-then, ultimately, loops back to a special blue-green planet "graced by water, wind, and air-." Readers will be more than willing to tag along, for each stage of her journey is marked by a (literally as well as figuratively) spectacular, full-page-sized space photo or artist's rendering, captioned by several sentences of fact. Shelve this invitation to soar next to Seymour Simon's similarly illustrated and equally high-flying Star Walk (Morrow, 1995).-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570918773
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Jane Ann Peddicord was born on an Air Force base in Illinois. Her family moved to Germany for two years, but eventually settled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jane and her sister used to lie in the backyard on summer nights, point a flashlight up at the stars, and make up stories about the constellations. On family trips to Chicago and New York they always made time to see planetarium shows. Walking in off the hot city streets and settling back under the glittering dome seemed to young Jane like entering a mystical gateway into another realm.

After her 17th starlit summer, Jane attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated with a double major in Psychology and Women's Studies, then worked for short stints as a human rights investigator, a group home counselor, and an English as a Second Language teacher. She even studied law at the University of Texas and tried her hand as a public interest lawyer. None of these pursuits had much in common except for the bits of rhyming verse that tended to clutter the margins of her papers. Finally, she began to pay attention to those scribbles and to study the craft of writing for children.

Meanwhile, Jane's early interest in astronomy continued to grow. Wherever she traveled she found herself wandering into planetariums and observatories, and she was awed by the stunning images captured with the Hubble Space Telescope. Jane now lives in the Texas hill country, near Austin.

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