________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 5 . . . . October 28, 2005

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Discover Space. (Kids Can Read).

Cynthia Pratt Nicolson. Illustrated by Bill Slavin.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $14.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55337-824-5 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55337-823-7 (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Astronautics-Juvenile literature. 
Outer space-Exploration-Juvenile literature.

Grade 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Lori Walker.

*** /4

 

   
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Discover the Planets. (Kids Can Read).

Cynthia Pratt Nicolson. Illustrated by Bill Slavin.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2005.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $14.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55337-826-1 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55337-825-3 (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Planets-Juvenile literature.

Grade 1-3 / Ages 6-8.

Review by Lori Walker.

*** /4

 

excerpt:

Where is space?

Space begins about 120 km (75 mi.) above Earth. If you could drive a car at highway speed straight up into the sky, you would reach space in less than two hours. Rockets and spaceships travel much faster than cars, so they get to space more quickly.

How big is our solar system?

Our solar system is huge! Imagine you were traveling on a jet plane from the Sun. It would take you 18 years to reach Earth.

Once you reached Earth, it would take you eight more years to get to Mars. Then you would have to fly for another 66 years to get to Jupiter, getting all the way to Pluto would take 700 years!

Discover Space and Discover the Planets provide basic information for early readers in an accessible format. Discover Space covers how people first learned about space, the solar system and galaxy, astronauts and exploring the moon, other planets, the solar system and beyond. Discover the Planets looks at what is know about each of the planets in our solar system, their relative sizes, appearance, and movement. Information is broken into two or three sentence paragraphs with bold headings that pose the question the section addresses. Interesting comparisons and analogies are used effectively throughout.

      The simple and generally engaging information seems ideally suited for classroom use and early research exercises. Bill Slavin provides fun and friendly illustrations which are augmented with photographs of planets and space technology. The bright colours and chapter book look will also appeal to consumers seeking to encourage the budding information book fan in their life. My only quibble with these books is that there aren’t more cool space facts that would get these books moving off the library shelf, like those in Kids Can’s The Amazing International Space Station.

     Readers of all abilities want to know how astronauts go to the bathroom in space. And what happened to the dog they sent into space, anyway?

Recommended.

Lori Walker is completing a Masters in Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.

 

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