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Discover Science: Solar System Paperback – Illustrated, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Main Market Ed. edition (16 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753419998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753419991
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 0.6 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 5 years. For use under adult supervision

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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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This book looks great, no doubt about it. Beautiful illustrations guarantee that children will be enthralled, for a little while at least, by the sheer beauty of the cosmos. However, reading it as an adult, it is hard not to notice just how basic the scientific information presented really is. Each page has several factoids about the planet or heavenly body being discussed, presented in a fairly random way. As such it reads more like a trivia book than an educational one. That said, it also has a quiz at the end, testing the child's understanding of basic facts about space and the planets, as well as a reasonably comprehensive glossary, so there is a degree of educational merit. Clearly this book is intended for very young readers and would most likely serve as a child's first introduction to space. However, any child over the age of about nine would find it too basic to be of any practical value.
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This is a book aimed at children but one that is just as interesting for adults. It is, after all, about the solar system, and we can never learn too much about that.

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.
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By Ed.F VINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2011
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With a very similar format to my seven year old's 'reading homework' books, this title presents basic facts attractively and in easy to digest double page sections.

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.
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By Harry Habbin VINE VOICE on 21 Oct. 2010
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Gave this to my 7 year old son - he's really enthused about Science and within 10 minutes came back and showed me all manner of exciting information about space and planets.

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"
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By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jun. 2011
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An excellent if brief starter book for the budding young solar scientist. My son aged 10 thoroughly enjoyed the book and likes to use it as a reference book for is knowledge of eth solar system. A little simple it may be but ideal for a first excursion it to all things sunny.
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By Mr B TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Dec. 2010
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Even though this was a gift I was pleased to see that it cost less than a fiver on Amazon because I had to buy another one (for a second child). Happy to say that they both (7 and 11 years old) love the book and it contains just the right amount of information to interest them without being boring.

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...
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This is a really good, clear, comprehensive book. It's not one of those space books with lots of little flaps and jokey comments. Instead, each "topic" (eg, the Solar System, the sun, Mercury) has an illustrated double page spread. Quite a bit of information is given but it's done in such a clear way that it is easy to understand. I really liked the illustrations - for instance showing an image of a planet and of the surface of one of its moons. There are a lot of "topics" - the solar system, each of the planets, the moon, Pluto, space travel, space rubble and others. There are activities at the back and a glossary. The book does perhaps come across as one that might be used in a school - but it's very good.
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.
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This book looks at the subject of Solar System providing a myriad of information without being heavy. Out of all the Discover Science books we have, this one is the firm favourite. Our little boy has read this from cover to cover and if a space subject comes up on the television or in conversation then this book comes out and he goes straight to the relevant page.

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.
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