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Adventures Beyond the Solar System: Planetron and Me Hardcover – October 31, 1988

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Originally purchased this wonderful book for my son when he was four years old. It taught him basic information about our solar system that I mistakenly thought he was too young to understand. The data was presented in an informative and entertaining way. The book that I purchased came with a cassette tape and he was able to read along. He read and re-read the book so many times that he wore out the binding. The story is of a young boy who is befriended by "Planetron." As I remember, Planetron, a robot, takes him on a tour of the solar system. The book is colorfully illustrated with pictures of the planets and sun. Information about each celestial body is displayed with the picture. My son is 19 years old now and recently mentioned that it is the one book he really remembers and would like to keep as a momento of his childhood. --Amazon

I'm in my late 20s now and working in engineering. I spent a few years working in telescope software and have always had an interest in astronomy. I attribute that interest half to my 5th grade science teacher, and half to this book. I may not even be an engineer today if not for the scientific interest imparted by this book. It's that influential. The audiotape version is a must. I think I may buy a copy just to hold for my eventual children. --Amazon

I had the audiotape of this book when I was a kid (I'm now 26) and I tell you what -- sure, it may not be *entirely* accurate anymore -- as there are now EIGHT planets instead of nine, and we have things like Kupier Belt Objects and so forth... but this is easily hands-down the best book to grab a kid's attention about space. I remember it fondly... I was a bookworm when I was a kid, and this one stands out as one of the few I remember VERY clearly. --Amazon --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Geoffrey T. Williams is the author of 17 science-adventure books for kids, including the best-selling "Dinosaur World" series. His space stories "Adventures in the Solar System," and "Adventures Beyond the Solar System" have been turned into planetarium programs in the United States and Japan. Many of his books are also available as full-cast audio books at Audible.com. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Price Stern Sloan (October 31, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843122986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843122985
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My love of science started when my geologist father told me a rock I had found in the back yard of our Wyoming house was a dinosaur bone. Fast-forward some years, and I wrote a short book called "Dinosaur World" and produced the cassette tape that went along with it. Thanks to a small publishing company named Price Stern Sloan, the book and tape went "viral," selling tens of thousands of copies in just a few months. That success led to the other Dinosaur World volumes, which eventually sold more than eight million copies. From that I branched out to write about other sciences I loved, including astronomy and space travel, entomology, oceanography, etc. And since I love producing audio, almost all the books included cassette tapes, and later, CDs. I'm happy to say the books and audio are available from a variety of sources including Amazon, Audible, iTunes, etc.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "carynsova" on December 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Originally purchased this wonderful book for my son when he was four years old. It taught him basic information about our solar system that I mistakenly thought he was too young to understand. The data was presented in an informative and entertaining way. The book that I purchased came with a cassette tape and he was able to read along. He read and re-read the book so many times that he wore out the binding. The story is of a young boy who is befriended by "Planetron." As I remember, Planetron, a robot, takes him on a tour of the solar system. The book is colorfully illustrated with pictures of the planets and sun. Information about each celestial body is displayed with the picture. My son is 19 years old now and recently mentioned that it is the one book he really remembers and would like to keep as a momento of his childhood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samuel on August 1, 2011
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I had the audiotape of this book when I was a kid (I'm now 26) and I tell you what -- sure, it may not be *entirely* accurate anymore -- as there are now EIGHT planets instead of nine, and we have things like Kupier Belt Objects and so forth... but this is easily hands-down the best book to grab a kid's attention about space. I remember it fondly... I was a bookworm when I was a kid, and this one stands out as one of the few I remember VERY clearly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on January 24, 2012
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I'm in my late 20s now and working in engineering. I spent a few years working in telescope software and have always had an interest in astronomy. I attribute that interest half to my 5th grade science teacher, and half to this book. I may not even be an engineer today if not for the scientific interest imparted by this book.

It's that influential. The audiotape version is a must. I think I may buy a copy just to hold for my eventual children.
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Classic book from my childhood that I enjoy reading with my son. Beautiful illustrations a few inaccuracies as many theories have changed over the years but great father son time with this one!
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