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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 27, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688158439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688158439
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-Simon revisits the territory he covered in The Long Journey from Space (Crown, 1982; o.p.), this time for a younger audience. Full-color photographs have replaced the black-and-white ones, although there's really not a lot of difference between a black-and-white and a color shot of a meteor. While this new volume does include the basic information necessary to understand what these astronomical objects are and where they come from (including the distinctions between meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites), that's about all it does provide. Simon's earlier book and Patricia Lauber's Voyagers from Space (Crowell, 1989), also for older children, have much more information and many more illustrations (Lauber's title has some color photos as well). Comets and "shooting stars" are both covered in the "Let's Read and Find Out" series (Crowell) for this age group. Where those titles are unavailable or demand is high, Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids is an acceptable purchase. Or, you could make do with a current children's encyclopedia.
Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 3-5. Simon presents basic information about comets, meteors, and asteroids in an attractive oversize book that follows the format of his series on the planets. Blocks of text appear in fairly large type, usually facing a full-page illustration. Describing these three kinds of space objects individually in terms of their makeup and where they are found, Simon writes in plain language, without talking down to his audience. The intriguing photographs include shots of comets and meteor showers in the sky, a meteorite in Antarctica, and an enormous impact crater in Arizona. A visually appealing introductory volume. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Seymour Simon, whom the NY Times called "the dean of [children's science] writers," is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books (many of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association). His free, educational children's app, SCIENCE FUN TO GO, debuted in the Top 10 of all free children's apps in the Amazon App store, and features in app purchase of original Seymour Simon eBooks, as well as a multitude of free content.

Seymour Simon uses his website, SeymourSimon.com, to provide free downloads of a wealth of materials for educators, homeschoolers and parents to use with his books, including 4-page Teacher Guides for all 26 of his Collins/Smithsonian photo essay books. The site provides multiple resources for kids writing book reports or wanting to explore the online Science Dictionary, and also features the Seymour Science blog highlighting current science news. Educators and families are encouraged to sign up to receive the monthly newsletter from SeymourSimon.com to stay abreast of the latest materials that Seymour Simon is introducing to enrich the reading experience.

He taught science and creative writing in elementary and secondary schools and was chair of the science department at a junior high school in the New York City public school system before leaving to become a full-time writer. "I haven't really given up teaching," he says, "and I suppose I never will, not as long as I keep writing and talking to kids around the country and the world."

Seymour Simon is also a creator and the author of a series of 3D books and a series of Glow-in-the-Dark Books for Scholastic Book Clubs, a series of leveled SEEMORE READERS for Chronicle Books, and the EINSTEIN ANDERSON, SCIENCE DETECTIVE series of fiction books. His books encourage children to enjoy the world around them through learning and discovery, and by making science fun. He has introduced tens of millions of children to a staggering array of subjects; one prominent science education specialist described Simon's books as "extraordinary examples of expository prose."

Seymour Simon has been honored with many awards for his work, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature; the New York State Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature; the Hope S. Dean Memorial Award from the Boston Public Library for his contribution to children's science literature; The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Non-fiction; the Jeremiah Ludington Award for his outstanding contribution to children's nonfiction; the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forum on Children's Science Books.

In a recent interview Simon was asked if he ever thinks of retiring. "I seem to be working faster and harder than ever. I absolutely don't feel any urge to sit back and look at what I've done. The only things that I'm thinking about are things I'd like to do in the future. I'm planning and doing and continuing to write. It's what I love to do. I remember a story about an anthropologist going to talk to a tribe and he asked them what was their word for "work." Their response was they have no word for work. Everybody does the things that they do in their life. I love that response. I don't differentiate between work and play. Everything I do is something that I enjoy doing - the writing, the research and everything else."

Seymour Simon writes and photographs nature from his hilltop home in Columbia County in upstate New York. You can follow his daily nature walks and see his photographs from the field on Twitter (@seymoursimon) or on his Facebook group page. He also regularly hosts Q&As and sponsors book giveaways on GoodReads.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Dunlap on July 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We're giving this book as a gift after having enjoyed it with our own family. We're amateur "stargazers", and our young friends enjoyed having this book as reference during visits with us. It's difficult to explain certain terms regarding the evening skies. This book helps to clarify, and does so beautifully!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Erickson on June 27, 2010
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The book does explain the basic difference between comets, asteroids and meteors. Also the basic different classes of meteor composition are discussed. There are some good pictures of a few comets and an explanation of the comets head and tail and their revolution around the sun. Deep space comets and nearer spaced comets are discussed. A nice picture of the 4,150 foot wide impact crater near Winslow Arizona is shown.

This is a very good book for kids 5-8 years old to read and parents to read and show pictures to the little ones. 5 stars as a kids book to get them to read more and increase their reading pleasure. Also they will learn a little about Comets, Asteroids and Meteors too. It was written as a kids book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sedonasky on April 6, 2012
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I enjoyed learning without having to learn the techical versions. Wanted a basic understanding and this provided it for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Perry on November 13, 2013
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As with all Seymor Simon books, this one has great photos and information. The copy I received was a bit our of date. When I read it to my students they picked up on the fact that it was written before they were born. This provided us with a teachable moment where we calculated new things based on what we read int he book.
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Hard to rate as I've never received it. No problem as they refunded my dollars and I'll fine another one when next Christmas rolls around. My nephew loves this author!
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