The Planets in Our Solar System
The Planets in Our Solar System
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Annotation: Describes the nine planets and other bodies of the solar system, includes directions for making models showing the size of the planets and their distance from the sun.
Catalog Number: #108044
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 1981
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: O'Malley, Kevin,
Pages: 31 pages
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-238194-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-90093-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-238194-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-90093-6
Dewey: 523.4
Dimensions: 21 x 26 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Simple descriptions of the objects in the solar system include information on the sun, planets, moon, asteroids, and comets. The illustrations, which show the astronomer-narrator and a group of kids at an observatory, include photos of various space objects. Suggested activities at the back of the book include traditional comparisons of the relative sizes and distance of the planets, as well as websites to visit for further information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2--Originally published in 1981, this title gets a facelift with the addition of some new information, including a brief list of Web sites, plus new illustrations. Though given to dogmatic statements like "The most important part of the solar system is the sun," Branley makes his points briefly and precisely, steering clear of distracting dialogue and side commentary. Also, rather than the more common one-planet-after-the-other tour, he groups together heavenly bodies, discussing temperature, size, and orbital length in comparative terms; the effect is to reinforce the idea of the solar system as a system rather than an assemblage of isolated elements. He finishes with instructions for a planetary mobile and several other simple projects. O'Malley creates a rudimentary story line in his illustrations, in which an African-American version of Ms. Frizzle guides a class around a planetarium, and inserts small astronomical photos into his cartoon scenes. Still one of the most basic books on the subject, this is a welcome replacement for the old edition.--John Peters, New York Public Library
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Word Count: 817
Reading Level: 3.4
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 25244 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q09193
Lexile: 480L

Where is it partly cloudy and 860°F? Venus! This classic picture book is a fascinating exploration of space written by children's nonfiction veteran and former chairman of the American Museum of Natural History–Hayden Planetarium Franklyn M. Branley and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley. Full of interesting facts about the eight planets in our solar system, including our very own Earth, this bestselling book also features photographs from Voyager and other space explorers.

Now rebranded with a new cover look, this book features a find out more section with instructions for making your own solar system mobile and web research prompts about how to track the moon. Both text and artwork were vetted for accuracy by Jurrie van der Woude of NASA.

This is a Level 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explores more challenging concepts perfect for children in the primary grades and supports the Common Core Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Let's-Read-and-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.

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