Discover Science: Solar System Paperback – Illustrated, Unabridged
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BooklistWith glossy color pages, abundant visals, and descriptive prose, this Discover Science series title provides an accessible introduction to earth's solar system. Printed in a large font, the text is well suited to newly, independent readers' abilities as it simply conveys concepts such as gravity ("a force that pulls things toward one another") and occasionally uses familiar comparisons to aid comprehension. . . . this title offers a lively overview that will interest budding astronomers looking for personal reading choices. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
It's a relatively quick read - probably an hour or so - but that shouldn't devalue it in any way. The information that it does contain is concise and to the point, capturing any child's imagination while laying foundations for future more detailed learning. It's up to date, too, for example Pluto is classified not as a planet, but as a 'dwarf planet, a fairly recent announcement relatively speaking. Each planet is described in brief but always useful detail, and there are mentions of meteorites, comets, asteroids, failed planets and more. There are four pages of projects for children to try, some parent-teacher notes, a glossary of various terms, and a simple quiz to see if the child has taken any notice!
If a child has yet to read anything about outer space and in particular our solar system, then this book is a great place to start. Suitable for 6 years old and up - with no limit really, because once again regardless of your age there will be something in here to make you think.
A combination of illustrations and photographs, including non-space related images such as dolphins and children playing football, broadens the book's appeal, and there are ideas for further activities at the back. Suggesting that an ice cream cone covered in sprinkles could be used to make a 'comet', though, is stretching it a bit!
Easy to read but with enough information to stimulate debate, I think that this is a good book for 6-7 year olds to read by themselves or with help.
He's continued to devour it - so it survived past the 1st hour of "it's new" and he enjoys both the pictures and reading about all the solar system
This is a really great title and I recommend it for children of all ages who want to find out "what's up there"
I have really enjoyed our little chats about the solar system and it makes a change from being told how the wii works, what X Factor is etc...
A useful book and one that I have read myself to brush-up on useful facts. Do you know how far the moon is from the earth? I thought I did...
The notes at the back suggest using it for children aged 7 to 11 - but my 5 year old loved it. I don't think that is because it is elementary - rather, because the information is so clearly presented that it is accessible to quite a wide age group. Much better than most of the other space books we've got.
This book has some beautiful Solar System images and the illustrations of planets and space are full of vivid colours and compliment the text which is superbly written in a style that makes the subject easy to grasp and engaging. The book is aimed at children between 7-11 years of age and covers many elements of the English and Science curricula. We have found though that younger children can appreciate these books too. Already our children - 4 & 6 years of age - have used this book for school projects they have done at home.
Along with information there are activities towards the rear of the book there are activities for children to do and a Glossary, Parent and Teacher Notes, Did You Know and even a Quiz to test your children's knowledge. Finally there is a page entitled: Find Out More which provides websites, places to visit and other books to read. If you want to introduce your children to the subject of the Solar System then this is just the place to start - we really recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To be honest I ordered this book partly to introduce my nephew to the wonders of the solar system and partly to increase my own knowledge. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2011 by H. Parsons
I have to say that when it turned up I thought the small size of this book will too brief and lacking in any real depth and to be honest I don't think that my first impression was... Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2011 by Chris Chalk
This book is eay to read for children and is well illustrated, but it sadly is far to short. My 8 year old son who loves anything to do with space read the whole book in 30... Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2011 by William
Nicely illustrated, good accompanying notes and text but SO SHORT.
The mission of this book is to be a shorter companion to those with an interest in our local night sky but... Read more
I got this for my son who is 5. I would suggest that although the description says from 6+, it is more than suitable for children who are younger than 6. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2010 by BR
It is a 56 page easily readable very well illustrated introduction to the solar system. There is enough good information contained in the pages to keep the interest of young... Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2010 by Helpless
Little facts and figures, great pictures.
Adam my son is a very thoughtful 6 year old, he loves the book and has started taking a real interest in planets and space. Read more
Lovely design and artwork make this an entrancing science book for the younger members of your family. My seven year old loved it.Published on 23 Nov. 2010 by R. Munro