Taking an active approach to studying the Solar System, this guidebook tells readers how and when to observe the moon, planets, and meteors and also provides the basic facts needed for reports on the planets. While the pages occasionally look crowded with their combination of text, boxed charts, and black-and-white and color photographs, as well as drawings illustrating simple science demonstrations, the book conveys a sense of enthusiasm about its subject that's sometimes lacking in more distinguished presentations. While few books on the Solar System even attempt to show kids both the relative scale of the planets and their relative distances from the sun (at least at the same time), this one includes practical instructions for making a scale model of the Solar System: "If you were to put the basketball representing the Sun at home plate, you would put a poppy seed for Mercury, the closest planet, about halfway to the pitcher's mound. The tomato seed for Venus would be just in front of the pitcher's mound. . . ." A good resource for kids, parents, and teachers seeking a hands-on approach to a popular topic.