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. Volume XII Number 5 . . . . October 28, 2005
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?
Lori Walker is completing a Masters in Children’s Literature at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
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